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Title:Ukubhinya: Gender and Sexual Violence in Bulawayo, Colonial Zimbabwe, 1946-1956
Authors:Benson, Koni
Chadya, Joyce M.
Year:2003
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Volume:30
Issue:1
Pages:108-133
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:gender relations
colonialism
sexual offences
history
1940-1949
1950-1959
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Urbanization and Migration
Historical/Biographical
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
urbanization
gender
imperialism
Rape
women's rights
Justice, Administration of
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=1140
Abstract:This study is based on an analysis of 81, out of 303, cases of rape that were tried in the city of Bulawayo (present-day Zimbabwe) between 1946 and 1956. In their testimonies, poor and working-class African women spoke of their lived experiences of rape and provide valuable insights into the dynamics of a city undergoing rapid physical and social transformation. These stories include reflections of gender relations and power struggles, which informed, and were influenced by, urbanization. At the centre of these court records was struggle. African women were taking men who raped them to court. These were battles for the power to define the city, both in terms of behaviour, and the use of space. However, Bulawayo was a colonial city, and Europeans had appropriated the power to judge and determine punishment of all criminal offences including rape. The trials of rape cases provide a window into tensions between both the colonizer and the colonized, between African men and African women, and amongst African men. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. (Slightly revised version published in: Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 31, no. 3 (2005), p. 587-610.) [ASC Leiden abstract]
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