The Women of Phokeng: Consciousness, Life Strategy, and Migrancy in South Africa, 1900-1983

The Women of Phokeng: Consciousness, Life Strategy, and Migrancy in South Africa, 1900-1983

ISBN-10:
0435080563
ISBN-13:
9780435080563
Pub. Date:
11/18/1991
Publisher:
Heinemann
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The Women of Phokeng: Consciousness, Life Strategy, and Migrancy in South Africa, 1900-1983

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780435080563
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 11/18/1991
Series: Social History of Africa Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Oral History, Consciousness, and Gender

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

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