They are Quiet Women Now: Incarcerated Women, Hair Cropping, and the Production of Difference in the Post-Emancipation British Caribean, 1834-1900
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Response by Dr. Jasmine Nichole Cobb, AAAS and AAHVS, Duke Univ.
"'They are Quiet Women Now': Incarcerated Women, Hair Cropping, and the Production of Difference in the Post-Emancipation British Caribbean, 1834-1900" examines disagreements among nineteenth-century British Caribbean colonial administrators over the use of hair cropping as punishment for female prisoners. Contextualizing hair cropping within the British colonial state's attempts to instruct post-emancipation Caribbean laborers in elite European gender mores, Allain demonstrates that incarcerated women's understandings of themselves and their bodies are discernible in the archival record of the debate over hair cropping.