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Violence as Usual: Policing and the Colonial State in German Southwest Africa

Marie Muschalek


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 culture of normalized violence in a settler colony, this book uncovers the workings of a powerful state that was built in an improvised fashion by low-level state representatives. The book begins by providing a background on the power of everyday violence in the settler colony of German Southwest Africa. It explores the violent acts orchestrated by the police force (Landespolizei). Instead of being bu ... More

Keywords: slapping, beating, violence, German Southwest Africa, normalized violence, Landespolizei, police force, colonial state, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501742859
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501742859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie Muschalek, author
University of Freiburg