Bonnin, Debby. Claiming spaces, changing places: political violence and women's protests in KwaZulu-Natal

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Claiming spaces, changing places: political violence and women's protests in KwaZulu-Natal

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of southern African studies -- Vol. 26, no. 2

Published By: Original publisher Journal of southern African studies -- Vol. 26, no. 2 [London]: Oxford University Press. 2000. 301-316 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Debby Bonnin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Family relationships (593); Towns (632); Pressure politics (664); Political parties (665); Political movements (668); Miscellaneous sex behavior (839); Adolescent activities (883); Gender roles and issues (890);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This paper examines the connections betweeen the public and the private sphere through a case study of political protests by women in Mpumalanga Township, KwaZula/Natal province, South Africa. The paper begins by reflecting on the public/private dichotomy and argues that the concepts of public and private seem to suggest a rigid set of socio-spatial practices, as if particular places have fixed social relationships and boundaries. It proposes a conceptual framework which focuses on the sites where women challenge the dominant power relations, rather than a simple public/private dichotomy; this conceptualization illuminates the reformulation of gender power relations across a variety of spaces. A key theoretical argument which is explored empirically is that challenges to power relation in one space reformulate subjectivites and so impact on power relations in another site. The paper then goes on to examine how space was constructed in Mpumalanga township prior to the violence and then the way in which political violence reconstructed this space (in particular, it focuses on the schools, the streets and domestic space). The paper then moves on to examine how women, through protests of different kinds, challenged the way in which these spaces and their accompanying gendered power relations had been reconstructed by the violence. The final section of the paper examines whether and how gender relations in the household have changed as a result of these processes (p. 301).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 49

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fx20-049

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Sociology/Industrial, Organizational and Labor Studies-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1950s-1990s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mpumalanga Township, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zulu (African people)


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