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Workers and Warriors

Masculinity and the struggle for nation in South Africa

Thembisa Waetjen

Format210mm x 148mm
ISBN 100-7969-2171-7
ISBN 13978-07969-2171-0
Publish Year2006
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In this powerful and accessible analysis, Thembisa Waetjen explores how gender structured the mobilisation of Zulu nationalism as anti-apartheid efforts gained momentum in South Africa in the 1980s. As well as the dilemma of feminist politics when culture and gender compete as categories of loyalty and identification. It also functions as a study of patriachy from a Zulu context to the male-dominated world of capitalist economies.

This seminal study provides a complex and historically informed view of how masculinity and gender power are articulated within the politics of nationalism and nation-building. The popular appeal of Zulu masculinity- with its martial reputation - makes Zulu nationalism a relevant case through which to explore these crucial critical questions.

Workers and Warriors provides a fascinating and highly relevant African case study for scholars and teachers in Sociology, History, Political Science and Gender Studies.
About the Author/s
Dr Thembisa Waetjen currently lectures in the Historical Studies Department at University of KwaZulu-Natal and is editor of Theoria, a journal of social and political theory.

Extract from review by Peter Limb (Michigan State University) in The African Book Publishing Record, Vol XXXIV/1/2008 p.15:

"An important book belied by its small size, this (rather too) concise book unravels the gendered nature of conservative Zulu politics to open up new research questions and, if it fails to fully address all these, lays down a foundation for future researchers. Aimed at a wider audience than just South Africanists, Thembisa Waetjen originally shows how gender, violence and class helped dragoon Zulu men into an archaic, violent, anti-communist Zulu ethnic nationalism in the 1970s-80s."

Robert Morrell, University of KwaZulu-Natal

"Waetjen re-examines the recent history of the region, reviews the literature amd comes up with a compelling explanation for Inkatha's brand of politics which significantly expands our understanding of the region's history"

Shula Marks, Emeritus Professor and Fellow of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London

"Waetjen brings together an historically informed account of KwaZulu-Natal's political economy and shows how the use of 'the lens of gender' together with an understanding of the political economy can alter the way we see the world."



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