'Cocky' Hahn and the 'Black Venus': The Making of a Native Commissioner in South West Africa, 1915–46

Title'Cocky' Hahn and the 'Black Venus': The Making of a Native Commissioner in South West Africa, 1915–46
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsHayes, Patricia
JournalGender & History
Volume8
Issue3
Pagination364-392
Abstract

This journal article  draws upon research into processes of gendered state construction in the mandated territory of South West Africa (present day Namibia) from 1915 to 1946. Central to these issue is the figure of the Native Commissioner of Ovamboland, who served for three decades in a region encompassing roughly half of the population of SWA: Carl Hugo Linsingen Hahn, dubbed ‘Cocky’ Hahn by whites but known universally to the Ovambo as ’Shongola’ (the whip). Hahn played a crucial, mediating role in constructing the colonial state in Ovamboland and in constructing ’the Ovambo’ for consumption by officials and wider audiences.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0424.1996.tb00063.x/abstract
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