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Violence as usual : policing and the colonial state in German Southwest Africa

Author: Marie A Muschalek
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book is a historical anthropology of the daily deeds of African and German men enrolled in the colonial police force called the Landespolizei. Exploring first their sociocultural backgrounds and mindsets, as well as their practical habits, the book then describes how these men came to be the key regulators of normalized, functional violence.--description provided by publisher.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Muschalek, Marie A., 1978-
Violence as usual.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2019
(DLC) 2019006493
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marie A Muschalek
ISBN: 9781501742873 1501742876 9781501742866 1501742868
OCLC Number: 1089873656
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 255 pages)
Contents: Introduction : everyday violence and the colonial state --
Honor, status, masculinity : violent identity formations --
Soldier-bureaucrats : the primacy of proper bearing --
Of whips, shackles, and guns : tools and technologies of policing --
Police work : daily routines and the art of making do --
Policing work : violent regulation of the labor market --
Conclusion : histories of colonial violence.
Responsibility: Marie Muschalek.
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Slaps in the face, kicks, beatings, and other forms of run-of-the-mill violence were a quotidian part of life in German Southwest Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century. Unearthing this  Read more...


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