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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Biographical Note

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.


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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