Like Family: Domestic workers in South African history and literature

Like Family: Domestic workers in South African history and literature

by Ena Jansen

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Overview

An analytic and historical perspective of literary texts to understand the position of domestic workers in South Africa

More than a million black South African women are domestic workers. Precariously situated between urban and rural areas,rich and poor, white and black, these women are at once intimately connected and at a distant remove from the families they serve. Ena Jansen shows that domestic worker relations in South Africa were shaped by the institution of slavery, establishing social hierarchies and patterns of behavior that persist today. LikeFamily is an updated version of the award-winning Soos familie (2015) and the highly-acclaimed 2016 Dutch translation, Bijna familie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781776143511
Publisher: Wits University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ena Jansen was professor of South African literature at the University of Amsterdam until 2016.

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