By Jean Comaroff
During this subtle learn of energy and resistance, Jean Comaroff analyzes the altering challenge of the Barolong boo Ratshidi, a humans at the margins of the South African nation. Like others at the fringes of the trendy international process, the Tshidi fight to build a manageable order of indicators and practices by which they act upon the forces that engulf them. Their dissenting church buildings of Zion have supplied a good medium for reconstructing a feeling of historical past and identification, one who protests the phrases of colonial and post-colonial society and tradition.
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Here, already well-developed corporate interests were forging the core of the modern South African economy, and creating a demand for wage labor and agricultural produce to \}'hich the adjacent Tswana peoples had begun to respond. ). neng; Holub, who visited the town in 1873, noted that many of the inhabitants worked for "lengthened periods at the diamond fields" (1881, vol. lb]; Shillington 1981; Holub 1881, vol. 1:242), a growth facilitated by such mis- ' sion innovations as the plow and irrigation techniques.
His reign was marked by increasing assault on the politicoeconomic viability of. the chiefdom. The first and most immediate of these pressures resulted from the expansive state-building of the Zulu and the related military exploits of the seceding NdebeIe and Kololo, a 22 Chapter Two , I' : ,I .. ,i ,I i i. " Ii" II. " I, process that brought about the disruption (known in Setswana as defikilne) of most of the agrarian peoples of central southern Africa. A subsequent set of forces was set in motion by the advance of colonial imperialism.
From then on, in the wake of the formation of the South African state, the realities of overrule were to be felt more immediately. Oral and written records from the Boer War period suggest that the Tshidi had indeed made a limited agricultural recovery; and, while they " had begun to enter the labor market in growing numbers, their low wages as migrant contract workers-wages insufficient to support them and their families-ensured that they would remain rooted in agrarian production. The latter, of course, continued to suffer great ecological fluctuations (Breutz 1955-56:45).