'Doing trade': A sexual economy of 19th-century Australian female convict prisons

Authors
Citation
Ec. Casella, 'Doing trade': A sexual economy of 19th-century Australian female convict prisons, WORLD ARCHA, 32(2), 2000, pp. 209-221
Citations number
29
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
209 - 221
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200010)32:2<209:'TASEO>2.0.ZU;2-D
Abstract
Within all penal institutions, networks of black market exchange circulate luxuries throughout the inmate population. Both material objects and sexual encounters fuel these systems of illicit barter. This paper presents some archaeological implications of such exchange. Exploring documentary and mat erial records of the Ross Female Factory, a nineteenth-century Australian c olonial prison for transported British female convicts, I relate the differ ential distribution patterns within the button assemblage to sexual dynamic s of the convict black market. What were the same-sex implications of this 'trade'? What was the nature of these encounters? Can same-sex relationship s be archaeologically interpreted?