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"We Women Worked so Hard": Gender, Urbanization and Social Reproduction in Colonial Harare, Zimbabwe, 1930-1956

by Teresa A. Barnes

Publisher: Heinemann
Paperback
ISBN: 9780325001722






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Synopsis of "We Women Worked so Hard": Gender, Urbanization and Social Reproduction in Colonial Harare, Zimbabwe, 1930-1956

In her thought-provoking and elegantly written study, Teresa Barnes shows how African ideas of gender in colonial Zimbabwe centrally shaped oppositional responses well before the advent of formal political nationalism. Marshaling an impressive collection of oral histories and rich archival detail, Barnes argues that urban African women and men in colonial Harare constructed complex yet coherent identities and durable hopes for themselves in broad moments of gendered conflict and consensus. this study compels readers to rethink urban colonial history and to question social categories in colonial Zimbabwe and throughout southern Africa. The book represents a major contribution to the social historiography of colonialism and to current debates on gender, politics, and family history in Africa.

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Barnes (history, University of the Western Cape) shows how African ideas of gender in colonial Zimbabwe centrally shaped oppositional responses well before the advent of formal political nationalism. Marshalling an impressive collection of vibrant oral histories and rich archival detail, she argues that urban African women and men in colonial Harare constructed complex yet coherent identities and durable hopes for themselves in broad moments of gendered conflict and consensus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author, Teresa A. Barnes

Teresa A. Barnes teaches in the History Department at the University of the Western Cape. She is co-author, with Everjoice Win of To Live a Better Life: An Oral History of Women in Harare, 1930-1970 (1992).

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