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Title:Demanding satisfaction: violence, masculinity and honour in late eighteenth-century Cape Town
Author:Worden, NigelISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History (ISSN 0259-0190)
Issue:35
Pages:32-47
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:violence
urban society
seamen
military personnel
trading companies
honour
1700-1799
External link:http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/kronos/v35n1/v35a02.pdf
Abstract:This article analyses two separate cases of public violence which took place in Cape Town at South Africa's Cape in the summer of 1772/1773. At surface level they appear to be different in character. One was a scrap among low-ranking soldiers who were playing cards at a shoreline outpost. The other was a formalized challenge between two captains of the VOC return fleet as they were lunching with the Governor, which resulted in a death and the flight of the murderer. Yet closer analysis suggests common ritualized codes of behaviour that reveal how violence, masculinity and notions of honour operated at all social levels within the town. Both cases were complex and coded social conflicts, rooted in northern European early modern social beliefs and practices as transferred to a colonial context. However, none of these perpetrators of violence was viewed sympathetically by the VOC authorities at the Cape. By contrast, the assailant Captain who had escaped back to Europe was able to successfully appeal to the VOC directors in the Netherlands. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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