Exclusion and Inclusion

6, Cultural Identity Studies
Gradations of Whiteness and Socio-Economic Engineering in German Southwest Africa, 1884-1914
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Contents: Germans in Africa (Namibia) - German colonialism - Development of a settler society - Undesirable, marginal white settlers - Constructions of race and the categorisation of people, constructions and articulations of whiteness - Inter-ethnic relations and colonial law - Hans Grimm, colonial literature and the notion of degeneration (Verkafferung) - Foreign immigration and the normalisation (blackening/whitening) of Afrikaner immigrants.
This book sets out to examine the internal workings of a colonial settler society drawing on aspects of post-colonial theory and whiteness studies. It focuses on the construction of a hierarchical social order in German Southwest Africa in the period 1884-1914. In doing so it explores the historical creation of categories of race and the construction of a concept of whiteness within white settler society in Germany's foremost settler colony. In the colonial environment the presence of some settlers was deemed to be more desirable than others. As a consequence policies of exclusion and racial rhetoric were employed to exclude undesirable settlers from white society. What emerged was a pioneer society in which undesirable settlers were socially, politically and economically excluded whilst desirable settlers sought to forge a racially and culturally exclusive utopia. Based on extensive archival material from the Bundesarchiv in Berlin as well as a wide range of printed sources, the book presents an insight into strategies of social control, power, the establishment of social privilege and constructions of whiteness in a settler society.
Autor: Robbie Aitken
The Author: Robbie Aitken graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland before gaining a doctorate in German Studies from the University of Liverpool in 2002. He is currently a Research Fellow in the German Department at the University of Liverpool.

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Autor: Robbie Aitken
ISBN-13 :: 9783039110605
ISBN: 3039110608
Erscheinungsjahr: 14.08.2007
Verlag: Lang, Peter
Gewicht: 393g
Seiten: 265
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 223x151x17 mm
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