« Boxer-Bangui ». les femmes libres aux frontières des politiques sexuelles de l’expatriation française en Centrafrique.

Magdalena Brand 1
1 CRESPPA-CSU - Cultures et sociétés urbaines (CRESPPA)
CRESPPA - Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris
Abstract : During my fieldwork, I lived in the LATIN QUARTERS in Bangui (Central African Republic), named SOWETO, where women are head of household. Other people call them « FREE WOMEN, BECAUSE THEY USE THEIR FREEDOM SO MUCH, IT BECOMES PEJORATIVE ». To earn their living, they work every night in the recreational areas of French expatriates, bars, restaurants and downtown nightclubs, as domestic workers, waitresses, prostitutes and cooks. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze power relations that structure sexual-economic exchanges between French expatriate men and Central-African women in Bangui. The research will lead to analyze sexual and domestic work of Central-African women as the heart of the construction of the French expatriate community, and of the existence of a class of women who, between constraints and search for autonomy, negotiate the value of their lives in the city. « If people say that you are a whore, you hear them but you shut your ears, because inside you, you know why you do it: for the future. It’s a job. You do it for what you have decided to be in your heart ».
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Magdalena Brand. « Boxer-Bangui ». les femmes libres aux frontières des politiques sexuelles de l’expatriation française en Centrafrique.. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Université Paris 8, 2016. Français. ⟨tel-01515643⟩

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