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dc.description.abstract The gendered historical investigation of migrant labour in Namibia (and southern Africa more broadly) has rightly considered the ways in which women left behind in the sending areas were obliged to take on additional agricultural duties in the absence of men. This has been viewed by some scholars as a form of material exploitation of women and a potential subsidy to white employers in these settler colonial spheres. While there is some validity to these claims, the relationship between the sending areas and the work site was not simply a material one, and contract/migrant labour recruiting systems entered spaces with existing gendered cultural repertoires concerning how to deal with absent men. The significance of these cultural frameworks is worthy of additional empirical, comparative and theoretical investigation. Through the use of oral interviews supplemented by archival materials, this article discusses these issues in the context of Kavango, north-eastern Namibia, which, for much of the 20th century, was a major source of contract labourers to the colonial economy in what was then South West Africa. The article argues that colonialism and labour recruiting schemes built upon and transformed existing precolonial cultural frameworks such as ‘the people’s child’, women’s observance of taboos and a local conception of ‘home’. This article further posits that the maintenance of this migrant labour system was dependent upon its integration into local worldviews. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Southern African Studies en_US
dc.subject Kavango en_US
dc.subject Namibia en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Gender relations en_US
dc.subject Migrant labour en_US
dc.subject Cultural change en_US
dc.title Continuity and change in gender relations within the contract labour system in Kavango, Namibia, 1925–1972 en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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