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Respectable Mothers, Tough Men and Good Daughters

Producing persons in Manenberg township South Africa

by Elaine R. Salo

The book examines how men and women in Manenberg township, on Cape Town’s inner periphery,  manoeuvre to re-define themselves as gendered persons deserving of dignity, through the quotidian practices of ordentlikheid or respectability. Salo shows how reclamation of dignity is an intergenerational and gendered process that is messy and uneven, involves the expression of often-brutal physical and social exclusion of individuals through embodied and social violence. Theoretically, the narrative makes visible the careful, painstaking processes of place making and claiming dignity by men and women in a place represented as a wasteland in the dominant discourse of grand apartheid and in the contemporary neo-liberal turn in Cape Town.

ISBN 9789956550265 | 318 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2018 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback




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