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Title: Gender and Colonialism
Subtitle: A History of Kaoko in North-Western Namibia 1870s-1950s
Author: Lorena Rizzo
Series: Basel Namibia Studies Series 14
Publisher: Basler Afrika Bibliographien
ISBN 9783905758276170 / ISBN 978-3-905758-27-6
Softcover, 17x24 cm, 352 pages, 10 images, 1 map
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.
Kaoko is a former reserve which is considered to be one of the most marginal areas in Namibia. The region has been given particular attention by the tourism industry and by anthropologists, both showing a keen interest in the Ovahimba population in Kaoko, which is considered to represent par excellence indigenous African life beyond the disruptions of colonialism and modernity. The thesis seriously questions such static and a-historical visions of the era and contrasts them with reconstructing dramatic changes between the late 19th and the mid-20th century.
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