Gender and Colonialism. A History of Kaoko in north-western Namibia 1870s–1950s

  • Language: English
  • 352 pages
  • Illustrations, maps, tables, index
  • Vol. 14, 2012
  • ISSN: 2234-9561
  • ISBN:
  • Print: 978-3-905758-27-6
  • PDF: 978-3-905758-49-8
Lorena Rizzo

Gender and Colonialism. A History of Kaoko in north-western Namibia 1870s–1950s


This book deals with colonialism on a Namibian periphery and considers both the German colonial period as well as South African rule in the country. The marginality of the Kaoko region within this colonial topography of power is analysed as a dynamic and fractured feature where power relations and constellations remained highly contested. The dynamics of gender within a regional society constituted of men and women, African and European, receive special attention within frameworks engaging with colonial photography, oral histories and gendered visions.

Lorena Rizzo is a historian and currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research of the University of the Western Cape. She has extensive experience in research and teaching in southern Africa and has published on visual history, gender and colonialism in 20th century Namibia. She is currently working on a project on police photography in Namibia and South Africa.

Introduction by Patricia Hayes

I: Gender and Conflict

II: Gender & Colonial Counter Insurgency

III: Gender & Containment

IV: Gender & Colonial Law

V: Gender & the Technologies of Empire

VI: Gender & Visuality. Colonial Photography in Kaoko in the first half of the 20th century


“The work presented here is an excellent sample of what can be accomplished by splicing different mediums, genres, traces and even senses in the attempt to convey a multi-faceted history of a region that has only recently been tied into a national historiography.”

Patricia Hayes, University of the Western Cape

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