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Manners Make a Nation : Racial Etiquette in Southern Rhodesia, 1910-1963 (Hardcover) (Allison K. Shutt)

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This book tells the story of how people struggled to define, reform, and overturn racial etiquette as a social guide for Southern Rhodesian politics. Underlying what appears to be a static history of racial etiquette is a dynamic narrative of anxieties over racial, gender, and generational status. From the outlawing of "insolence" toward officials to a last-ditch "courtesy campaign" in the early 1960s, white elites believed that their nimble use of racial etiquette would contain Africans' desire for social and political change. In turn, Africans mobilized around stories of racial humiliation.

Allison Shutt's research provides a microhistory of the changing discourse about manners and respectability in Southern Rhodesia that by the 1950s had become central to fiercely contested political positions and nationalist tactics. Intense debates among Africans and whites alike over the deployment of courtesy and rudeness reveal the social-emotional tensions that contributed to political mobilization on the part of nationalists and the narrowing of options for the course of white politics. Drawing on public records, legal documents, and firsthand accounts, this first book-length history of manners in twentieth-century colonial Africa provides a compelling new model for understanding politics and culture through the prism of etiquette. Allison K. Shutt is professor of history at Hendrix College.
This book tells the story of how people struggled to define, reform, and overturn racial etiquette as a social guide for Southern Rhodesian politics. Underneath what appears to be a static history of racial etiquette is a dynamic story of anxieties over racial, gender, and generational status. From the outlawing of "insolence" toward officials to a last-ditch "courtesy campaign" in the early 1960s, white elites believed that their nimble use of racial etiquette would contain Africans' desire for social and political change. In turn, Africans mobilized around stories of racial humiliation. Shutt's research provides a micro-history of Africans' changing discourse about manners and respectability that by the 1950s became central to fiercely contested political positions and nationalist tactics. Intense debates among Africans and whites alike over the deployment of courtesy and rudeness reveal the social-emotional tensions that contributed to political mobilization on the part of nationalists and the narrowing of options for the course of white politics. There are no straw figures in this book, though there are plenty of questionable characters, poor manners, and tragedies. Allison Shutt is professor of history at Hendrix College. She has published articles in the Journal of African History, Journal of Southern African Studies, and International Journal of African Historical Studies.
Number of Pages: 245.0
Genre: History
Series Title: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Age Range: Adult
Author: Allison K. Shutt
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 17390527
UPC: 9781580465205
Item Number (DPCI): 247-46-2656

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