Plantation Households

  • Sarah K. CroucherEmail author


This chapter tackles the materiality of households, largely focused on the plantation of Mgoli, Pemba, and drawing extensively on excavation data. It is argued that plantation owners’ homes were sometimes used to materialize an Omani identity. This chapter also explores the nature of power on plantations. Drawing on features such as the clove-drying floor and baraza at Mgoli, the paternalistic structure of power on Zanzibari plantations is explored, as is the way that a small number of elite women were able to take charge within this structure. By contrast, the position of women held as concubines is also discussed through an analysis of how such women may have figured into the architectural structures of plantation households.


Household Plantation owners Omani Concubines Power 


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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyWesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA

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