Pub Date2014
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Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development in 20th Century Colonial Lagos 

George Abosede
Ohio University Press

In Making Modern Girls, Abosede A. George examines the influence of African social reformers and the developmentalist colonial state on the practice and ideology of girlhood as well as its intersection with child labor in Lagos, Nigeria. It draws from gender studies, generational studies, labor history, and urban history to shed new light on the complex workings of African cities from the turn of the twentieth century through the nationalist era of the 1950s.