An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material by Gavin Lucas

By Gavin Lucas

This e-book examines how colonial identities have been developed within the Cape Colony of South Africa considering the fact that its institution within the 17th century as much as the 20th century. it truly is an explicitly archaeological strategy yet which additionally attracts extra commonly on documentary fabric to ascertain how various humans within the colony – from settler to slave – developed identities via fabric tradition. The ebook explores 3 key teams: The Dutch East India corporation, the unfastened settlers and the slaves, via a couple of archaeological websites and contexts. With the archaeological facts, the e-book examines how those varied teams have been enmeshed inside racial, sexual, and sophistication ideologies within the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and attracts generally on present social idea, specifically post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This ebook is aimed basically at archaeologists, yet also will allure historians and people attracted to cultural idea and fabric tradition stories. particularly, historic archaeologists and scholars of ancient archaeology would be the basic readership and dealers.

Show description

Read Online or Download An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa PDF

Similar africa books

Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism

Booklet Description
In studying the stumbling blocks to democratization in submit- independence Africa, Mahmood Mamdani deals a daring, insightful account of colonialism's legacy--a bifurcated energy that mediated racial domination via tribally geared up neighborhood experts, reproducing racial id in voters and ethnic id in topics. Many writers have understood colonial rule as both "direct" (French) or "indirect" (British), with a 3rd variant--apartheid--as remarkable. This benign terminology, Mamdani exhibits, mask the truth that those have been truly variations of a despotism. whereas direct rule denied rights to topics on racial grounds, oblique rule included them right into a "customary" mode of rule, with state-appointed local gurus defining customized. by means of tapping authoritarian percentages in tradition, and through giving tradition an authoritarian bent, oblique rule (decentralized despotism) set the velocity for Africa; the French go well with through altering from direct to oblique management, whereas apartheid emerged particularly later. Apartheid, Mamdani exhibits, was once really the common type of the colonial nation in Africa.

Through case stories of rural (Uganda) and concrete (South Africa) resistance events, we find out how those institutional gains fragment resistance and the way states are likely to play off reform in a single quarter opposed to repression within the different. Reforming an influence that institutionally enforces stress among city and state, and among ethnicities, is the main problem for a person attracted to democratic reform in Africa.


Scanned, fresh reproduction w/ OCR

The Congo and the Cameroons (Penguin Great Journeys)

Contemptuous of Europe's 'civilising mission' in Africa, Mary Kingsley's (1862-1900) outstanding trips via tropical west Africa are a impressive list, either one of an international which has vanished and of a author and explorer of great bravery, wit and humanity. Paddling via mangrove swamps, warding off crocodiles, mountaineering Mount Cameroon, Kingsley is either admirable and humorous.

Law, Language, and Science: The Invention of the Native Mind in Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1930

Through the Nineteen Twenties, linguistic and ethnographic tasks to formalize the language and felony structures of Shona peoples in Southern Rhodesia served to hamper, instead of increase, wisdom approximately neighborhood groups. within the Eighteen Nineties and 1900s, translation and ethnography initiatives have been pushed through a desire to deal with neighborhood cultures and comprise them into the hot church buildings and nation.

Missionary Masculinity, 1870–1930: The Norwegian Missionaries in South-East Africa

What sort of males have been missionaries? what sort of masculinity did they characterize, in ideology in addition to in perform? Presupposing masculinity to be a cluster of cultural rules and social practices that fluctuate through the years and house, and never a solid entity with a average, inherent that means, Kristin Fjelde Tjelle seeks to reply to such questions.

Additional resources for An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa

Example text

Finally, it distributed the Asian imports to wherever in Europe it could get the best price, not preferentially to the Netherlands. Fundamentally, its greatest strength lay in its creation of a permanent capital, although this was by no means intentional. Most contemporary companies would return their proflts to their shareholders at the highest rate: the higher the profits, the higher the dividends. However, because the shareholders of the VOC were not involved in executive or management decisions—this was the role of the Board of Directors—a large part of the profits were invested back into the infrastructure of the Asian network.

Moreover, although the Dutch Reformed Church was the official church at the colony and many of the slaves were baptized, much of the slave and ex-slave population came from Islamic societies, and produced a distinctive and alternative culture at Cape Town to the official VOC one. Given t h a t when the Dutch first established their post in 1652, the relations at the Cape were primarily between the VOC and the Khoikhoi, in less t h a n a century, a community with diverse origins and classified into four separate groups, must have opened up many new problems for the VOC.

Source: South African Library MSB 974/2) were the two small furnaces, the coal store and smokehouse, a smithy and a dwelling house. There were probably other structures built too however—storage blocks, enclosures for the livestock and quarters for the Company men and the slaves. The progress on the mines was equally variable. There were two main phases of mining, an early phase focused on the upper level at the interface of the granite and sandstone, and a later phase working lower down the slopes closer to the mining quarters.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.11 of 5 – based on 44 votes