University of Wisconsin–Madison

A History of Prison and Confinement in Africa

Bookcover - A History of Prison and Confinement in Africa
Florence Bernault. A History of Prison and Confinement in Africa. Heinemann, 2003.

Over the last 30 years, a substantial literature on the history of American and European prisons has developed. This collection is among the first in English to construct a history of prisons in Africa. Topics include precolonial punishments, living conditions in prisons and mining camps, ethnic mapping, contemporary refugee camps, and the political use of prison from the era of the slave trade to the Rwandan genocide of 1994.