Elasticity in Domesticity: White Women in Rhodesian Zimbabwe, 1890-1979


In Elasticity in Domesticity: White women in Rhodesian Zimbabwe, 1890-1979 Ushehwedu Kufakurinani examines the colonial experiences of white women in what was later called Rhodesia. He demonstrates the extent to which the state and society appropriated white women’s labour power and the workings of the domestic ideology in shaping white women’s experiences. The author also discusses how and to what extent white women appropriated and deployed the domestic ideology. Institutional as well as personal archives were consulted which include official correspondence, diaries, personal letters, newsletters, magazines, commissions of inquiry, among other sources.

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Ushehwedu Kufakurinani, PhD. (2015), University of Zimbabwe, is a senior lecturer and chairperson of the Department of Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe. He has published various articles on Zimbabwe.
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Map of Rhodesia

Introduction: White Women and the Unfolding Rhodesian Society

1 Domesticity, Constructions of Whiteness, and White Femininity in Southern Rhodesia

2 White Women and the Domestic Space: Housewifery in the Rhodesian Context

3 Emerging Out of the Sheaths of Domesticity? White Women in Formal Wage Employment, c. 1914–1980

4 White Women and Wage Employment

5 Mothering the Empire: Overview of White Women’s Organisations

6 White Women’s Organisations and Settler Society, 1920s–1970s

7 Encounter with Africans, 1920s–1980

8 White Women and the Homecraft Movement

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All interested in gender and empire studies and the gender histories of Zimbabwe as well as the socio-economic history of the country.
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