African Studies: Series Number 98 Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony, 1750-1870: A Tragedy of Manners

African Studies: Series Number 98 Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony, 1750-1870: A Tragedy of Manners

By: Robert Ross (author)Hardback

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In a compelling example of the 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. His 1999 book 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.

Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Under the VOC; 3. English and Dutch; 4. The content of respectability; 5. Christianity, status and respectability; 6. Outsiders; 7. Acceptance and rejection; 8. Conclusion.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521621229
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 220
  • ID: 9780521621229
  • weight: 470
  • ISBN10: 0521621224

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