National Bodies, Unspeakable Acts: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Policy-making

  title={National Bodies, Unspeakable Acts: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Policy-making},
  author={Susan Pedersen},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={647 - 680}
  • S. Pedersen
  • Published 1 December 1991
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern History
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