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Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony, 1750-1870 : A Tragedy of Manners - Robert Ross

Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony, 1750-1870

A Tragedy of Manners

Hardcover Published: 13th August 1999
ISBN: 9780521621229
Number Of Pages: 220

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In a compelling example of the new cultural history of South Africa, Robert Ross offers a subtle and wide-ranging study of status and respectability in the colonial Cape between 1750 and 1850. He describes the symbolism of dress, emblems, architecture, food, language, and polite conventions, paying particular attention to domestic relationships, gender, education, and religion, and analyses the values and the modes of thinking current in different strata of the society. He argues that these cultural factors were related to high political developments in the Cape, and offers a rich account of the changes in social identity that accompanied the transition from Dutch to British overrule, and of the development of white racism and of ideologies of resistance to white domination. The result is a uniquely nuanced account of a colonial society.

'There are many valuable insights inthis subtle book, often with major historiographical implications ... Ross has produced a bold and original book, which mixes mature reflection with fresh creative enthusiasm. He has confirmed his status as one of the leading historians of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Cape.' Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
Under the VOC
English and Dutch
The content of respectability
Christianity, status and respectability
Outsiders
Acceptance and rejection
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521621229
ISBN-10: 0521621224
Series: African Studies Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 13th August 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.47