HIS102Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Common Ownership

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29 Jan 2013
Semester 2, Lecture 3: Wednesday January 25th, 2012
Colonialism was a system of total domination and exploitation
Its impact was felt in 3 main areas
o It led to modern stead formation new systems of political organization
o Its impact was felt in the colonial arena through the introduction of
capitalism which led to changes in class formation
o Its impact was felt and led to cultural changes
Colonialism impacted all the Africans irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, or
prior stratification
Colonialism had a different impact on all it was a gendered process of change
not everybody in Africa experienced colonialism the same way
Mode of Accumulation
o Settler colonies plantation, mining colonies, etc
o Protectorate mode of accumulation peasant, household-driven regimes
of accumulation
o Dominion form of accumulation Canada, Australia, etc
o Each regime led to how men and women would be impacted during
Nature of colonial society
o Hunting and gathering societies, whereby they had communal ownership
of agriculture
o Common ownership of the forces of labour
o Equal participation by the adults for basic necessities production,
consumption, distribution
o Division of labour went beyond and gender and was dependent upon
where one was located within that society
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