in Sex, politics and empire


This project was researched and written with support from the British Academy, the Government of Canada, the Royal Geographical Society and the Universities of Salford and Liverpool.

I would like to thank colleagues and friends who read and commented on drafts of this work: Dennis Altman, Alison Blunt, Elleke Boehmer, Antoinette Burton, Brian Dickey, Mark Duffett, Dave Featherstone, David Hilliard, Philip Howell, Rhys Jones, Bill Lawton, Alan Lester, Philippa Levine, Miles Ogborn, Gordon Pirie, David Pivar, Jane Samson and Stephen Slemon.

I am grateful for comments and questions from members of a number of institutions, at which I was invited to present preliminary findings. These include departments of Geography, English, Law, History and Women’s Studies at the Universities of Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan, Minnesota, Open, Queens (Canada), Royal Holloway University of London, SOAS, Sussex, Toronto, Wales (Aberystwyth) and York (Canada).

On the production side, thanks go to Gustav Dobrzinsky for Cartography, and Ron Price, copy-editor for Manchester University Press. And I gratefully acknowledge permission to publish revised versions of material that has appeared in print elsewhere. An earlier version of the material in Chapter 3 appeared as ‘Imperialism and the regulation of sexuality: colonial legislation on contagious diseases and ages of consent’, Journal of Historical Geography, 28: 3 (2002), 339–362. An earlier version of material in Chapter 4 appeared as ‘Hereogeneous imperialism and the regulation of sexuality in British West Africa’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 14: 3 (2005). An earlier version of material in Chapter 7 appeared as ‘Writing travel and mapping sexuality: Richard Burton’s Sotadic Zone’, in James Duncan and Derek Gregory (eds), Writes of Passage: Reading Travel Writing (London, Routledge, 2000), pp. 70–91.

This book was researched and written in Sydney, Adelaide, London and Milan. For their hospitality and friendship during my time in Australia, I thank Ruth Frappell, Natalie Jamieson and Stephen Whiting. For the same in London, special thanks to Craig Lind, Mark Malindine, John Bowman, my sister Helen, and Alison Blunt. For everything else during this time, particularly the happy months in Northern Italy, I thank Matteo Lodevole.

Richard Phillips LiverpoolMapping the tyranny

Sex, politics and empire

A Postcolonial Geography


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