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New MenManliness in Early America$
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Thomas A. Foster

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814727805

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814727805.001.0001

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“Impatient of Subordination” and “Liable to Sudden Transports of Anger”

“Impatient of Subordination” and “Liable to Sudden Transports of Anger”

White Masculinity and Homosocial Relations with Black Men in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica

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(p.134) 7 “Impatient of Subordination” and “Liable to Sudden Transports of Anger”
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New Men
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Trevor Burnard

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814727805.003.0008

This chapter explores one aspect of masculinity in early Jamaica. It argues that white male identity was not only forged in relationship to race (their position as white people, superior to all people of African descent) but also in relation to gender (their position as men, with patriarchal privileges over women, both black and white, some of which were shared with black men). The special tone of patriarchal relations in Jamaica—predicated on white libertinism and white egalitarianism as well on the principle that all men had special rights over women, or at least black women, which they could exercise by right of their being men—gave white men a great deal of freedom to behave as they pleased. It also connected them, in ways that many white men occasionally found troubling, with the interests and desires of black men.

Keywords:   Jamaica, white masculinity, manliness, white males, race, gender, patriarchal relations, white libertinism, egalitarianism

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