Experimental and creative places
Creole interventions in Sierra Leone
in Sex, politics and empire
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This chapter shows how the configuration of peoples and place in Sierra Leone generated a political dynamic of its own. Both in experience and imagination, Sierra Leone could be, if not exactly anarchic, then at least a creative and experimental space. The newspaper industry, which flourished in Sierra Leone in the second half of the nineteenth century, did so largely in the hands of Creole-identified proprietors and journalists. In colonial sites such as Bombay, Sydney and Sierra Leone, daily life brought people into contact and difference into focus, and engendered creativity and social change. The chapter explores moral arguments that emerged from the experience and representation of contact. As a contact zone, the colony fostered a series of productive encounters: between Europeans and Africans, Creoles and natives, and Creoles of different class and ethnicity.

Sex, politics and empire

A Postcolonial Geography

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