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Title:Differentiating 'Bushmen' from 'Bantus': identity-building in west Caprivi, Namibia, 1930-89
Author:Taylor, Julie J.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:50
Issue:3
Pages:417-436
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:ethnic identity
ethnic relations
Mbukushu
San
government policy
1930-1939
1940-1949
1950-1999
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/25622055
Abstract:This article focuses on the historical and political factors that shaped Khwe (San) and Mbukushu ethnic identities and their interrelationship between 1938 and 1989 in west Caprivi, Namibia. While acknowledging the multi-authored nature of identity building, the article demonstrates that the colonial and apartheid States made significant contributions to the construction of ethnicity in west Caprivi through veterinary interventions in the 1930s and apartheid policies regarding 'Bushmen' in the 1950s, and by securing Khwe collaboration during Namibia's liberation struggle in the 1970s and 1980s. These State interventions, together with Khwe and Mbukushu responses to them, also shed light on why land and political authority became so central to struggles between the two groups. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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