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Title:More than bread flour: towards a social history of grain milling in Lesotho
Author:Tsikoane, TumeloISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:Lesotho
Subjects:grain processing
social history
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470709464753
Abstract:Extending back in history to the last quarter of the 19th century, this paper examines some of the concealed social dynamics behind the milling industry in Lesotho at both industrial and village levels. It discusses the rise and spread of the milling industry in the Caledon valley; highlights the mechanics of grinding and the architecture of the structures housing the grinding machinery; documents the motley technologies involved in taking grain to the mills from earlier times to the present; delves into activities that made (and continue to make) 'leloaleng' ('at the mill') a social centre for many rural dwellers in Lesotho; draws attention to the food repertoire for those destined to 'leloaleng' and back; and elicits the problems of the milling industry experienced by small mill owners in Lesotho. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]