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Fido: Dog tales of colonialism in Namibia

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This chapter shows how an examination of dogs in Namibia can help to understand the processes of colonialism by allowing the reader ?to focus our gaze on the dialectics of everyday life at the imperial frontier? as the Comaroffs put it. It is part of the epic of the ordinary which allows us to examine the netherworld of the inarticulate. After first examining the ?social role? of dogs in Namibian colonial life, the chapter discusses dogs as a specific conceptual category in the dominant culture of Namibian colonialism. In 1917 the German colonial dog tax, which had focused exclusively on urban areas, was replaced by a system whereby dogs in townships were taxed at South African £1 for the first dog and 10 shillings for each subsequent dog. Fido, the most popular dog name in the heyday of European colonialism, connotes faithfulness and loyalty.

Keywords: dog; European colonialism; Fido; German colonial dog tax; Namibia



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