Outlaws, Anxiety, and Disorder in Southern Africa

Rachel King



This book explores how objects, landscapes, and architecture were at the heart of how people imagined outlaws and disorder in colonial southern Africa. Drawing on evidence from several disciplines, it chronicles how cattle raiders were created, pursued, and controlled, and how modern scholarship strives to reconstruct pasts of disruption and deviance. Through a series of vignettes, Rachel King uses excavated material, rock art, archival texts, and object collections to explore different facets of how disorderly figures were shaped through impressions of places and material culture as much as actual transgression.


[King] is one of those rare archaeologists who understands that scholars who use archives and material traces have to pay attention to the epistemologies - archaeological and other - that produced those archives and traces as “sources." - Carolyn Hamilton


Rachel King is Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK. She holds degrees in archaeology from Stanford University, US, and the University of Oxford, UK.