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Title:Multiracial women and the African press in post-World War II Lourenšo Marques, Mozambique
Author:Havstad, Lilly
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 1726-1686)
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:urban women
Abstract:Based on original research of the biweekly publication of the women's pages in Lourenšo Marques' only 'African' newspaper, 'O Brado Africano', this paper addresses racial and class dimensions of urban ideals of feminine modernity in the colonial capital of Mozambique. Between 1948 and 1958 the 'Pagina para a mulher produced' rich and at times radical content. During this period, an urban multiracial middle class of Christian, educated women used the 'Pagina para a mulher' to transmit, discuss, and debate ideas of what it meant to be a modern woman, mother, wife, daughter, and contributing member of society. The article looks specifically at feminine ideals of modernity that gave meaning to colonial categories of 'civilised' and 'non-civilised' Africans within an assimilationist legal framework of 'native' African subject and 'non-native' African citizen, and the racial tensions produced by a colonial ideology of European racial and cultural superiority. I argue that the content of the women's pages of 'O Brado Africano' merits scholarly attention as a site of female social and political discourse and aspiration in a post-WWII era of possibility. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]