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.
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.
Table of contents
Preface Acknowledgments List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Map of Rhodesia
Introduction: White Women and the Unfolding Rhodesian Society
Domesticity, Constructions of Whiteness, and White Femininity in Southern Rhodesia
White Women and the Domestic Space: Housewifery in the Rhodesian Context
Emerging Out of the Sheaths of Domesticity? White Women in Formal Wage Employment, c. 1914–1980
White Women and Wage Employment
Mothering the Empire: Overview of White Women’s Organisations
White Women’s Organisations and Settler Society, 1920s–1970s
Encounter with Africans, 1920s–1980
White Women and the Homecraft Movement
Conclusion Appendix A Appendix B Bibliography Index
All interested in gender and empire studies and the gender histories of Zimbabwe as well as the socio-economic history of the country.