The Rise of an African Middle Class: Colonial Zimbabwe, 1898-1965

Paperback | August 19, 2002

byMichael O. West

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"Offers an extremely sophisticated, nuanced view of the social and political construction of an African middle class in colonial Zimbabwe." -Elizabeth Schmidt

Tracing their quest for social recognition from the time of Cecil Rhodes to Rhodesia's unilateral declaration of independence, Michael O. West shows how some Africans were able to avail themselves of scarce educational and social opportunities in order to achieve some degree of upward mobility in a society that was hostile to their ambitions. Though relatively few in number and not rich by colonial standards, this comparatively better class of Africans challenged individual and social barriers imposed by colonialism to become the locus of protest against European domination. This extensive and original book opens new perspective into relations between colonizers and colonized in colonial Zimbabwe.

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"Offers an extremely sophisticated, nuanced view of the social and political construction of an African middle class in colonial Zimbabwe." -Elizabeth SchmidtTracing their quest for social recognition from the time of Cecil Rhodes to Rhodesia's unilateral declaration of independence, Michael O. West shows how some Africans were able to...

Michael West is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is co-editor (with William Martin) of Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa.Michael O. West teaches in the Departments of Sociology and Africana Studies at Binghamton University. He is co-editor (with W...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.77 inPublished:August 19, 2002Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253215242

ISBN - 13:9780253215246

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Colonial and Postcolonial Place Names
Introduction
Part 1. The Social Construction of the African Middle Class
1. Running Against the Wind: African Social Mobility and Identity in a Settler Colonial Society
2. Courting "Miss Education": The Love Affair with Social Mobility
3. The Quest for Bourgeois Domesticity: On Homemakers and Households
4. The Best of All Homes: Housing and Security of Tenure
Part 2. The Political Construction of the African Middle Class
5. A New Beginning: The Roots of African Politics, 1914-1933
6. Found and Lost: Toward an African Political Consensus, 1934-1948
7. Back Toward the Beginning: The Pursuit of Racial Partnership, 1949-1958
8. An Aborted Coronation: In Search of the Political Kingdom, 1955-1965
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"... a compelling portrait of a community seeking heroically to succeed 'inside the system' and choosing confrontation only when other options seemed exhausted.... African Studies Review... impeccable and original scholarship...." -American Historical Review