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Title:Diluting drinks and deepening discontent: colonial liquor controls and public resistance in Windhoek, Namibia
Author:Gewald, Jan-BartISNI
Book title:Alcohol in Africa: mixing business, pleasure, and politics
Year:2002
Pages:117-138
Language:English
Geographic terms:Namibia
South Africa
Subjects:resistance
colonialism
alcohol policy
drinking customs
alcoholic beverages
Abstract:The colonial conquest of Namibia was extremely brutal. Repressive controls continued in the decades that followed as exemplified by the South African colonial administration's regulation of the production and consumption of alcohol by the territory's black African inhabitants. Nonetheless, the colonial State's policies were inconsistent and vigorously opposed at every turn by differing sections of the black population. In this chapter, the unlikely alliance of two of the territory's Herero urban groups, the 'Otruppe', illiterate Herero men, and the female 'khari' beer brewers, is examined. During the 1920s and 1930s, they faced the colonial State's attempts to undercut and ultimately eradicate the illicit production of alcohol through the establishment of a Location Advisory Board. In so doing, they were pitted against the colonial State and a newly emerging Herero political elite. The 'angry young men' of the 'Otruppe' and the Herero women brewers proved to be an invincible alliance that managed to evade colonial regulations on alcohol. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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