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An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material - download pdf or read online

By Gavin Lucas

ISBN-10: 0306485389

ISBN-13: 9780306485381

ISBN-10: 0306485397

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This e-book examines how colonial identities have been built within the Cape Colony of South Africa on account that its institution within the 17th century as much as the 20th century. it's an explicitly archaeological strategy yet which additionally attracts extra greatly on documentary fabric to envision how diversified humans within the colony – from settler to slave – built identities via fabric tradition. The ebook explores 3 key teams: The Dutch East India corporation, the loose settlers and the slaves, via a few archaeological websites and contexts. With the archaeological facts, the booklet examines how those various teams have been enmeshed inside of racial, sexual, and sophistication ideologies within the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and attracts greatly on present social thought, particularly post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This ebook is aimed essentially at archaeologists, yet also will allure historians and people drawn to cultural conception and fabric tradition experiences. particularly, historic archaeologists and scholars of old archaeology may be the basic readership and dealers.

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My concern in this chapter, is primarily with how the official organization at the Cape Colony—the VOC—tried to regulate such meanings and therefore, identities. While the Board of Directors was composed mostly of Dutch nobility and some elite merchants, the men in service were generally from modest or humble backgrounds (Israel 1995: 948-9). At the Cape, many of the higher ranks of the VOC had worked their way up from being common soldiers and though some may have come from European nobility, on the whole most did not.

C a r g o of t h e {Source: J o r g 1986: 115) Tea Textiles Woven Silks Raw Silks Nankeens* Porcelain Lacquerware Medicinal Roots Wood (ballast) Geldermalsen. 686, 997 pounds 5,240 pieces 9,935 pounds 3,060 pieces c. 239,200 pieces 625 pieces 4,936 60,000 pounds * Shiny linen Ocean in the 17th and 18th centuries: trade in exotic goods t h a t fetched very high prices back in Europe. Colonial settlement in places like Batavia and the Cape were all initially and primarily serving this one commercial interest.

This reveals in close detail, across a range of households, transformations in material culture for urban populations in the Netherlands. 2). From the late 17th century, tin-glazed earthenwares form a substantial proportion of assemblages, basic lead-gazed earthenwares making up the majority however. Both oriental porcelain and stonewares show a major increase in the early 18th century, with a corresponding decline in the role of lead-glazed earthenwares. However, both, along with tin-glazed earthenwares.

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