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|Leiden University catalogue
|Gender, Nationalist Politics and the Fight for the City: Harare 1940-1950s
|SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Politics and Government
|In their fight to make a life in the colonial city of Salisbury (now Harare), Zimbabwe, women sought to redefine the use of space, to construct new identities, and to present the settler colonial State, African patriarchs and the growing nationalist movement with a series of challenges regarding their status. One of these challenges in the 1940s was women's control of beer brewing and prostitution. Around the illegal brewing activities and prostitution developed the 'Skokiaan culture', which became known in the 1950s as the 'Mahobo' party, basically a gathering at which illegal brewing and dancing could be enjoyed. In the so-called 'Mahobo' debate the broader issues of the control of women in urban areas were hotly contested. Ref.