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Title:Origins of the AmaWasha: The Zulu Washermen's Guild in Natal, 1850-1910
Author:Atkins, Keletso E.
Year:1986
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:27
Issue:1
Pages:41-57
Language:English
Geographic terms:Natal
South Africa
Subjects:Zulu
professional associations
Bible
washing
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Labor and Employment
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181336
Abstract:The social history of Zulu washermen is more complex than previously thought. Laundering recalled the special craft of hide-dressing in which Zulu males engaged as izinyanga (skilled craftsmen), a prestige occupation. Building on indigenous institutions and customs, they combined not merely to secure their position and to bar entry into the 'trade', but also to impose standards of wages and regulate the labour given by the young men. In this manner they became a powerful group of African workmen in 19th century Natal. This study of the Amawasha guild in precolonial Nguni society and later in Natal indicates that there were intimate historical links between precolonial artisanal associations and subsequent worker organizations, activities and consciousness. Notes, sum.
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