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As poverty and unemployment deepen in contemporary South Africa, the burning question becomes: How do the poor survive? Eating from One Pot provides a compelling answer. Based on intensive fieldwork, it shows that many African households are on the brink of collapse. That they keep going at all can largely be attributed to the struggles of older women against poverty. They are the fulcrum on which household survival centres. This book describes how households in two different areas in KwaZulu-Natal are sites of both stability and conflict. As one of the interviewees put it: ‘We eat from one pot and should always help each other.’ Yet the stability of family networks is becoming fragile because of the enormous burden placed on them by unemployment and unequal power relations. Through careful analysis, the experiences of survival are discussed in relation to the restructuring of the country’s welfare and social policies and the extension of social grants. Sarah Mosoetsa argues that these policies shape the livelihoods that people pursue in order to survive under desperate conditions, but fail to address the root causes of poverty and inequality.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Foreword
  2. Michael Burawoy
  3. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Maps
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 1: 'Sharing the little I have with my family': the allocative rules of household resources and income
  2. pp. 23-55
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  1. Chapter 2: 'My wife does not respect me anymore': unequal power dynamics in households
  2. pp. 57-79
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  1. Chapter 3: 'I remain an ANC member, but …': civil society in Mpumalanga and Enhlalakahle
  2. pp. 81-113
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  1. Chapter 4: Theoretical and Policy Implications
  2. pp. 115-146
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  1. Conclusion: Poor households are fragile sites of stability
  2. pp. 147-151
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 152-170
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 171-178
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781868146277
Related ISBN
9781868145331
MARC Record
OCLC
1016851416
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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