Reflections on Identity in Four African Cities
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: African Books Collective
Preface and acknowledgements
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This book arose out of an international three-year collaborative programme launched in 2001 and funded by South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and . . .
Chapter 1 - Introduction
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The Office of the South African Presidency was recently tasked to assess how well South Africa as ‘a nation in the making’ was doing in moving from its apartheid past . . .
PART 1: Social Identity: Construction, Research and Analysis
Chapter 2 - Identity studies in Africa: Notes on theory and method
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Most societies at the beginning of the new millennium are caught up in seemingly never-ending processes of social transformation. One consequence for members of these . . .
PART 2: Profiles of Four Cities
Chapter 3 - Demographic profiles of Cape Town and Johannesburg
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A city is not simply one great homogeneous mass of people, but consists of diverse groupings of individuals. Each city has its own characteristics, derived from the unique . . .
Chapter 4 - Demographic profiles of Libreville and Lomé
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The aim of this chapter is to present profiles of two capital cities on the western coast of the African continent, namely Libreville in Gabon and Lomé in Togo. It is mainly . . .
PART 3: Space and Identity
Chapter 5 - Space and identity: Thinking through some South African examples
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An identity is a social construct. It refers not to a given reality but rather to a discourse which is intended to bring order to things. It is a narrative, ‘the function of which . . .
Chapter 6 - Domestic workers, job access and work identities in Cape Town and Johannesburg
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Domestic work is one of the largest job sectors for low-skilled workers in South African cities. However, it is difficult to evaluate accurately how many people, mainly women . . .
Chapter 7 - When shacks ain’t chic!: Planning for ‘difference’ in post-apartheid Cape Town
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Walking through Joe Slovo Park,1 a low-income housing scheme situated in the historically white middle-to-upper income suburb of Milnerton, Cape Town, provides . . .
PART 4: Class, Race, Language and Identity
Chapter 8 - Discourses on a changing urban environment: Reflections of middle-class white people in Johannesburg
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White residents have constituted a dominant group in the city of Johannesburg since the beginning of its establishment. Their control over political, economic, and cultural . . .
Chapter 9 - Class, race and language in Cape Town and Johannesburg
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Over the past decade, cities in South Africa have been deeply influenced by three analytically separate processes: changing economic circumstances due in large part to globalisation, . . .
Chapter 10 - The importance of language identities to black residents of Cape Town and Johannesburg
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From colonial times until 1994, South Africa had two official languages, namely English and Afrikaans. These two languages were used in government communication, . . .
Chapter 11 - The importance of language identities in Lomé and Libreville
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This chapter aims to establish how important language identities are to residents of the multilingual capital cities of Togo in West Africa and Gabon in Central Africa. This . . .
PART 5: The African Continent
Chapter 12 - What is an African?: Narratives from urban South Africa, Gabon and Togo
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While Western media and popular culture continue to represent Africa and its people ‘in tantalising tarzanic and essentialist terms’ (Nyamnjoh, 2000: 9), constantly . . .
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List of contributors
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2010