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This evocative book tells of the lives and experiences of 22 black South African women - all born in the 1900s - from one small town in the Western Transvaal. The women seem both ordinary and remarkable as we follow their lives through childhood and schooling, work in the city, marriage and family life, participation in urban resistance, and ultimate return to Phokeng by the 1980s.
This book's originality and power lies in the central place it gives to the oral histories on which it is based. This richly textured study gives us a uniquely qualitative insight into the lives and world views of black South African women.
Prelude: Lives in Portrait
The Bafokeng: Myths and Realities of the Past
Peasant Daughters, 1900-1915
Church, School, and Tribe, 1910-1925
Leaving Home, 1920-1935
Courtship and Marriage, 1925-1940
Respectable Matrons, 1930-1945
Subjectivity and Identity: Tales of Violence and Persecution
Resentment and Defiance, 1945-1960
Leaving the City, 1960-1980
Grandmothers and Pensioners, 1980-1983