'Rioting in goatish embraces': marriage and improvement in early British Jamaica

Burnard, Trevor (2006) 'Rioting in goatish embraces': marriage and improvement in early British Jamaica. History of the Family, 11 (4). pp. 185-197. ISSN 1081-602X

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Abstract

Marriages were relatively infrequent among the white population of early British Jamaica. This article examines the ideological implications of the failure of whites to marry with sufficient regularity to ensure that white population increase would allow Jamaica to become a settler society on the British North American model. It looks, in particular, at the tendency of whites to live in irregular unions, either with other whites or with black or brown concubines, and the effect that such arrangements had on perceptions of white Jamaicans as especially immoral. It connects these views with other discourses on settler societies in which improvement and frequent marriage were linked.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Marriage, Improvement, Jamaica, Concubinage, Degeneracy, Free coloureds, Civilisation
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > American Studies
Subjects: E History America
E History America > E11 America (General)
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 14:45
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 14:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27193
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