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Title:Re-Thinking the Colonial Encounter in Zimbabwe in the Early Twentieth Century
Author:Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:33
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:173-191
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:colonialism
anticolonialism
acculturation
Ndebele (Zimbabwe)
historiography
1900-1949
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03057070601136699
Abstract:An orthodox nationalist scholarship has always defined the colonial encounter between the Ndebele and the early Rhodesian settlers in the dichotomous terms of domination and resistance pioneered by T.O. Ranger in the 1960s. The present article transcends this traditional conceptualization of the colonial encounter by recognizing mimicry, hybridity, negotiation and alienation as the central aspects of the encounter between the colonizer and the colonized. It employs recent theoretical work to historically problematize the colonial encounter, in order to understand both the strategies used by the early Rhodesian settlers to indigenize themselves and the dynamics of Ndebele political consciousness in the period 1898-1934. Scholars have not seriously engaged with this period of Zimbabwean history, seeing it only as a simple prehistory of Zimbabwean mass nationalism. The article opens this historical period to interpretations based on the agency of the colonized and the colonizer in the construction of colonialism. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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