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An Archaeology of Colonial Identity : Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa - Gavin Lucas

An Archaeology of Colonial Identity

Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa

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This book examines how colonial identities were constructed in the Cape Colony of South Africa since its establishment in the 17th century up to the 20th century. It is an explicitly archaeological approach but which also draws more widely on documentary material to examine how different people in the colony - from settler to slave - constructed identities through material culture. The book explores three key groups: The Dutch East India Company, the free settlers and the slaves, through a number of archaeological sites and contexts. With the archaeological evidence, the book examines how these different groups were enmeshed within racial, sexual, and class ideologies in the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and draws extensively on current social theory, in particular post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This book is aimed primarily at archaeologists, but will also attract historians and those interested in cultural theory and material culture studies. Specifically, historical archaeologists and students of historical archaeology will be the primary readership and buyers.

Lucas's linkage of finds, buildings and wider landscapes into a theoretical framework shows historical archaeology at its best. Paul Courtney, Post Medieval Archaeology

Working Contextsp. 1
Introduction: Global Networksp. 1
From Cambridge to Capetown: The Politics and Production of Knowledgep. 4
Narrative Genres: The Textual and Visual Archivep. 7
The Archaeology of Dutch Capitalism and the Colonial Tradep. 19
The New Republic and The Dutch East India Companyp. 20
The Cape Colony, 1652-1795p. 29
Goede Verwachting: The Silver Mine on the Simonsbergp. 39
Landscapes of Labourp. 47
The Role of Silver in the Indian Ocean Tradep. 61
Status and Settlement in the Cape Colonyp. 67
The Settlement of the Southwestern Cape, 1657-1717p. 67
Settlement in the Dwars River Valley, 1690-1795p. 72
De Goede Hoop: Anatomy of a Settler Farm, 1688-1897p. 86
Consumption, Material Culture and Social Differentiation at the Cape in the 18th and 19th Centuriesp. 109
Farm Livesp. 119
Slavery at the Cape, 1652-1834p. 120
From Madagascar to the Dwars Valley: The World of Slavesp. 130
Landscapes of Slaveryp. 136
Emancipation and the Pniel Mission Stationp. 142
Architecture and the Articulation of Post-Emancipation Identitiesp. 149
From Emancipation to Apartheid: Pniel and the Dwars Valley in the 20th Centuryp. 158
ERF 776: The Anatomy of a House Lotp. 165
Apartheid and Identityp. 171
Forging Identitiesp. 177
Race, Class and Genderp. 178
Questions of Identity and Culturep. 185
The Nature of Colonial Space and the Development of Capitalism in the Indian Oceanp. 188
Colonial Identity and Material Culture in the Metropolep. 193
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780306485381
ISBN-10: 0306485389
Series: Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 27th January 2006
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.15  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.3