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Author West, Michael O. (Michael Oliver)

Title The rise of an African middle class : colonial Zimbabwe, 1898-1965 / Michael O. West
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2002


Description 1 online resource (xv, 324 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Running against the wind : African social mobility and identity in a settler colonial society -- Courting "Miss Education" : the love affair with social mobility -- The quest for bourgeois domesticity : on homemakers and households -- The best of all homes : housing and security of tenure -- A new beginning : the roots of African politics, 1914-1933 -- Found and lost : toward an African political consensus, 1934-1948 -- Back toward the beginning : the pursuit of racial partnership, 1949-1958 -- An aborted coronation : in search of the political kingdom, 1955-1965
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-308) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Middle class -- Zimbabwe -- History
15.80 history of Africa.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Colonial influence
Middle class
Politics and government
SUBJECT Zimbabwe -- Colonial influence
Zimbabwe -- Politics and government -- 1890-1965.
Subject Zimbabwe
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253109337