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Female Soldiers in Sierra LeoneSex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development$
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Megan H. MacKenzie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814761373

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814761373.001.0001

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The History of Sex, Order, and Conflict in Sierra Leone

The History of Sex, Order, and Conflict in Sierra Leone

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(p.23) 2 The History of Sex, Order, and Conflict in Sierra Leone
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Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone
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Megan H. Mackenzie

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814761373.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of the history of Sierra Leone with a focus on gender ordering and sexual regulation. A look at secret societies can provide some insights into historical and contemporary gender roles in Sierra Leone. These secret societies are all-male or all-female cultural organizations that have existed in West Africa for centuries. Also, they are organized according to sex rather than ethnicity; the female-only groups are often referred to as Bundu or Sande societies, and the male-only groups are called Poro. The chapter also provides an overview of how Sierra Leone came to be colonized, focusing on prostitution, family law, and marriage.

Keywords:   Sierra Leone, sexual regulation, Poro, Sande, Bundu, gender ordering, secret societies, female-only groups, male-only groups

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