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Title:'I told him I was Lennox Njokweni': honor and racial etiquette in Southern Rhodesia
Author:Shutt, Allison K.ISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:51
Issue:3
Pages:323-341
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:norms
race relations
culture contact
honour
Blacks
Whites
colonial period
1930-1939
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23017721
Abstract:This article focuses on a single episode of racial interaction in 1931 in order to highlight competing notions of honour and respectability in a shared colonial society. This story elucidates how Africans and whites unravelled and rebuilt 'racial etiquette', the tacit code that guided individual encounters between blacks and whites and that were so vital to the expression of colonial power. In moments of transition, such as the early 1930s in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the minutiae of racial etiquette were confusing, and this allowed for some dialogue between Africans and whites about what constituted proper behaviour. As this story makes clear, Africans were as much a part of composing racial etiquette as whites, despite - indeed, because of - the latter's political power. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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