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6079 -- MILK, HANS MARTIN

"For the power and glory" Die Lebensgeschichte des Makaranga Kavango /Namibia
(Precolonial and early colonial history in Africa 2)
Köln: Köppe Verlag 2004
201 pp., 19.80; ISBN 3-89645-451-X

"For the power and glory" The life history of the Makaranga Kavango/ Namibia
Milk reconstructs the life of Makaranga, a colonial official during the first half of the 20th century, based on textual sources and recollections of contemporaries, to present his agency, the cultures in which he was active (African cultures, colonialism), and to understand him as a 'subject' against the background of postcolonial theory (Homi Bhaba, Gayatri Spivak, E. Said). In this way Milk wants to show the equality of ´cultures&180 - that, departing from the colonial view of 'us' and 'them', there is no categorical, or hierarchical difference between cultures. Makaranga's switching between the cultures in his setting is described, and how he, as an actor, uses them for his purposes, and negotiates. Milk represents Makaranga's origin and appearance, his dealings with missionaries and the colonial government, his clan and connection with Kwangali rule, life with his four women, and his children.

Keywords: colonialism, subalternity, hierarchy, Kwangali rule, mission, postcolonial theory, agency, negotiation, cultures and hierarchy, equality

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