Indentured Masculinity in Colonial Natal, 1860–1910

  • Goolam Vahed


The men of Southern Africa have frequently been fitted into the binaries of black/white or indigenous/settler. While this framework distinguishes the different histories and power positions, it conceals the presence of men whose geographical origins, ethnic affiliations, and position in the racial order escape these neat divisions. This chapter on a hitherto neglected group of South African men, the “Indians,” argues that for most of them, their arrival as indentured laborers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was critical in framing their masculinities. Their inbetweenness as “not white” and “not black” and their strong connections with the cultures of the Indian subcontinent created a specific configuration I term “indentured masculinity.”


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