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Violence as UsualPolicing and the Colonial State in German Southwest Africa$
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Marie Muschalek

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501742859

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501742859.001.0001

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Honor, Status, Masculinity

Honor, Status, Masculinity

Violent Identity Formations

(p.14) Chapter 1 Honor, Status, Masculinity
Violence as Usual

Marie Muschalek

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers a portrait of the patrolmen who made up the Landespolizei. Juxtaposing African and German life stories, it traces their socioeconomic and cultural upbringings and depicts the material conditions within which the policemen lived and worked while drawing connections to the values and identities these men aspired to. Three elements of identity formation are considered in depth: social class, soldiery, and masculinity. The chapter shows that the policemen's liminal social standing placed them at an uncomfortable albeit central position within the colonial power constellation. And although the men came from quite disparate cultural worlds, all were deeply invested in honor and a clientage relationship to the state—creating a peculiar overlap of moral codes and principles of social organization.

Keywords:   Landespolizei, masculinity, soldiery, social class, patrolmen, colonial power

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