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Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women: Commodification, Consumption, and Cleanliness in Modern Zimbabwe (Body, Commodity, Text)

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How do people come to need products they never even knew they wanted? How, for example, did indigenous Zimbabweans of the 1940s begin to believe that they required Lifebuoy soap? Offering a glimpse into the intimate workings of modern colonialism and global capitalism, Timothy Burke takes up these questions in Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women, a study of post-World War II commodity culture in Zimbabwe.

With particular attention to cosmetic products and the contrast between colonial and pre-colonial ideas of cleanliness, Burke examines the role played by commodity culture, changing patterns of consumption, and the spread of advertising in the making of modern Zimbabwe. His work combines history, anthropology, and political economy to show how the development of commodification in the region relates to the social history of hygiene. Within this framework, and drawing on a wide variety of historical sources, Burke explores dense interactions between commodity culture and embodied aspects of race, gender, sexuality, domesticity, health, and aesthetics in a colonial society. Rather than viewing the production of needs simply as an imposition from above, Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women shows what heterogeneous and complex processes, involving the aims and histories of both colonizers and colonized, produced these changes in Zimbabwean society.

Integrating political economy, cultural studies, and a wide range of the social sciences, Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women will find readers among scholars of colonialism, African history, and ethnography as well those for whom the problem of commodification is a significant theoretical issue.

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This study focuses on one southern African nation, Zimbabwe, and takes up the challenge of understanding the nature and role of commodities, consumption, and needs in its modern history.

About the Author

Timothy Burke is Associate Professor of History at Swarthmore College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822317531
Author:
Burke, Timothy
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Comaroff, Jean L.
Author:
Appadurai, Arjun
Author:
Farquhar, Judith
Author:
Burke
Author:
Comaroff, John L.
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Marketing
Subject:
History
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Zimbabwe
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Soap trade -- Zimbabwe -- History.
Subject:
Hygiene products - Zimbabwe - Marketing -
Subject:
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Body, Commodity, Text: Studies of Objectifying Practice
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 bandw photographs
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.49x6.22x1.14 in. 1.53 lbs.

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