By Rebekah Lee

ISBN-10: 1845118197

ISBN-13: 9781845118198

A key mechanism of apartheid in South Africa was once the set of regulations put on the pursuits of Africans; particularly, African girls have been topic to lives of day-by-day surveillance and hugely regulated housing, employment and mobility. right here Lee explores the lives and stories of 3 generations of African girls in Cape city in the course of the apartheid (1948-94) and post-apartheid sessions. via lifestyles histories and a wealth of facts, Lee considers how African girls in a different way skilled apartheid, supplying an intimate account in their makes an attempt to find "home" within the city surroundings. some of the options of payment African ladies crafted over 5 a long time offer a compelling portrait of edition, resilience and alter. Drawing jointly views from anthropology, historical past, human geography and improvement reports, African girls and Apartheid should be helpful to a person with pursuits in South African tradition and society, gender, urbanization, the African relations, oral historical past and reminiscence.

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All the women interviewed in this cohort resided either with their mothers or grandmothers. None had established an independent residence. This brief introduction – to the methodology used for the research and to the demographic characteristics of the three cohorts – is meant to be a starting point from which the outlines of a more complex portrait of African women and generational difference in settlement strategy and identity formation can emerge. Brief family histories, compiled using accounts of various members, and family ‘trees’ are provided in the Appendix.

This can partly be explained by the state’s insistence on maintaining its twin goals of cultivating a stable labour force to meet the demands of capital while attempting to restrict the growth of the urban African population. 56 The reintroduction of 30-year leaseholds in 1976, made applicable to the Western Cape in 1980, can be seen as an effort to offer those ‘insiders’ a stronger guarantee of tenure. 59 Pressures from economic recession in the late 1970s extending through the 1980s contributed towards discontent from the industrial and commercial sectors with current controls over the labour market.

I said, ‘okay, I’ll open the wardrobe, you go to the wardrobe then I’ll lock’ . . And then we play, we play, I’d forgotten about my aunt. The police are gone, long time ago, I’d forgotten about my aunt in the wardrobe. ’ Then we ran to the house and opened the wardrobe and the aunt was sweating there. There’s no air coming in [laughter] . . 121 It appears that youth were particularly helpful in attempts to evade arrest, especially during daytime raids when working adults were away from their homes.

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