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FA-52032-05Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersLynn M. ThomasMaking the Modern Girl in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa, 1930-198510/1/2005 - 6/30/2006$40,000.00LynnM.Thomas   University of WashingtonSeattleWA98105-6613USA2004African HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000400000

My book will examine debates over the modern girl in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa to produce a transnational history of gender politics, sexuality, and consumption in twentieth-century Anglophone Africa. Modern girls were usually defined as school-educated unmarried young women who embraced a cosmopolitan look and professional careers while seeming to shun the roles of dutiful daughter, wife, and mother. While some contemporaries viewed modern girls as contributing to "racial uplift," others accused them of "prostituting" their sex and race. My book will explore how the modern girl emerged through shifting racial formations, and the imperial and transnational movement of commodities, cultural forms, and political ideologies.