ISBN 9783905758276
Pages 350
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2012
Publisher Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia
Format Paperback

Gender and Colonialism

A History of Kaoko in north-western Namibia 1870s-1950s

by Lorena Rizzo

This book deals with colonialism on a Namibian periphery and considers both the German colonial period as well as South African rule in the country. The marginality of the Kaoko region within this colonial topography of power is analysed as a dynamic and fractured feature where power relations and constellations remained highly contested. The dynamics of gender within a regional society constituted of men and women, African and European, receive special attention within frameworks engaging with colonial photography, oral histories and gendered visions.

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“The work presented here is an excellent sample of what can be accomplished by splicing different mediums, genres, traces and even senses in the attempt to convey a multi-faceted history of a region that has only recently been tied into a national historiography.”

Patricia Hayes, University of the Western Cape

About the Author

Lorena Rizzo

Lorena Rizzo is a historian and currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research of the University of the Western Cape. She has extensive experience in research and teaching in southern Africa and has published on visual history, gender and colonialism in 20th century Namibia. She is currently working on a project on police photography in Namibia and South Africa.

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