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Title:'Good citizens and gentlemen': gender, reputation and identity at the South African College, 1880-1910
Author:Swartz, Rebecca
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 1726-1686)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:higher education
educational history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02582473.2016.1239651
Abstract:This article examines the formation of gendered identities at the South African College, later the University of Cape Town, between 1880 and 1910. Using the records of disciplinary cases at the College, the article shows that there was an attempt to construct the 'ideal' College gentleman as adhering to particular codes of behaviour, seen as distinctive to young men who had been educated at the College. It then discusses inclusions and exclusions within the College, on the grounds of race, class and gender, showing that there was a central tension between the College's 'public' face as a government-funded institution, and its need to protect what occurred within the College space as distinctive, available only to particular kinds of people. The much-neglected records of the College Senate and Council as well as the student-run South African College Magazine have been used to examine these issues. The final section of the article addresses the College's response to political change in South Africa in the first decade of the twentieth century, arguing that the College actively sought to promote broad South Africanism for its students, and to position itself as central to the future of the South African Union. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]