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Title:On becoming a chief in the Kaokoveld, colonial Namibia, 1916-25
Author:Gewald, Jan-BartISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:52
Issue:1
Pages:23-42
Language:English
Geographic terms:Namibia
South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
interpersonal relations
colonial administration
1910-1919
1920-1929
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23017647
Abstract:In 1916 a warlord named Oorlog - 'war' in Afrikaans - moved into the Kaokoveld in the far north-west of what is now Namibia, and drove off the original inhabitants. Shortly after, Oorlog was formally recognized as a chief by the newly established South African administration and elevated to the highest position of power in the Kaokoveld. This article, through investigating how Oorlog came to be elevated to this position of power, explores issues of colonial governance and personal relationships. By focusing on the micropolitics of the Kaokoveld, it emphasizes how interpersonal relationships - not bureaucratic structures - were of crucial importance in the establishment and maintenance of early colonial rule in Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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