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Indirect Rule in South Africa: Tradition, Modernity, and the Costuming of Political Power (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora)

J.C. Myers

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ISBN 10: 1580462782 / ISBN 13: 9781580462785
Published by University of Rochester Press, 2008
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Title: Indirect Rule in South Africa: Tradition, ...

Publisher: University of Rochester Press

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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Indirect rule -- the British colonial policy of employing indigenous tribal chiefs as political intermediaries -- has typically been understood by scholars as little more than an expedient solution to imperial personnel shortages. A reexamination of the history of indirect rule in South Africa reveals it to have been much more: an ideological strategy designed to win legitimacy for colonial officials. Indirect rule became the basic template from which segregation and apartheid emerged during the twentieth century and set the stage for a post-apartheid debate over African political identity and "traditional authority" that continues to shape South African politics today. This new study, based on firsthand field research and archival material only recently made available to scholars, unveils the inner workings of South African segregation. Drawing influence from a range of political theorists including Machiavelli, Marx, Weber, Althusser, and Zizek, Myers develops a groundbreaking understanding of the ways in which leaders struggle to legitimize themselves through the costuming of political power. J. C. Myers is Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus.

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J. C. Myers is associate professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus.

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