Building a New South Africa

Building a New South Africa : One Conversation at a Time

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Once a thriving, multiracial community, the Sophiatown suburb of Johannesburg was home to many famous artists, musicians, and poets. It was also a place where residential apartheid was first put into practice with forced removals, buildings bulldozed, and the construction of new, cheap housing for white public employees. David Thelen and Karie L. Morgan facilitate conversations among today's Sophiatown residents about how they share spaces, experiences, and values to raise and educate their children, earn a living, overcome crime, and shape their community for the good of all. As residents reflect on the past and the challenges they face in the future, they begin to work together to create a rich, diverse, safe, and welcoming post-Mandela South more

Product details

  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 13.97mm | 467g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 87 color illus., 1 map
  • 025301784X
  • 9780253017840

About David Thelen

David Thelen is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University.Karie L. Morgan is a postdoctoral fellow in history at the University of more

Review quote

The conversation transcripts are rich with possibilities both analytical and practical and make for fascinating reading for historians of contemporary South Africa, as well as those interested in urban histories more broadly. * Journal of Contemporary History *show more

Table of contents

Map of SophiatownPreface to U.S. EditionIntroduction to U.S. EditionDavid Thelen and Karie L. MorganChapter 1: Getting Acquainted withNeighbours on the BlockBlock Group Meeting-Good and Gold Streets-7 June 2009Block Group Meeting-Bertha Street-24 June 2009Chapter 2: Visualising a Shared Place and Making a Shared Past.Good and Gold Streets-Photovoice Discussion-28 June and 15 July 2009Bertha Street-Photovoice Discussion-19 July 2009 Chapter 3: Making Family around Mealtimes Remembering Family Mealtimes:A Conversation among SophiatownCooking Club Members-15 October 2011Glimpses of Cooking in SophiatownComment-Challenges of ModernMealtimes: Reflections by Rene Lombardi-11 October 2012Comment-Making Food and Heritage: Reflections by Tshepo Letsoalo-13 September 2012Chapter 4: Becoming Neighbours and Creating Community CommunityRaising a Family with Neighbours: A Workshop-23 May 2012Comment-Getting to Know Neighbours and Choosing a Neighbourhood:Reflections by Sebastian van Rayne-25 November 2012 Comment-Overcoming Barriers to Become Better Neighbours: Reflectionsby Noeriena Hendricks-24 November 2012Keeping your Family Safe: A Workshop-19 May 2012 Encountering and Helping People in Distress: A Conversation among YoungPeople-9 October 2010Comment - Growing Up and Helping Others: A Conversation between TwoSisters-8 November 2012Comment-Making a Difference in your Community: Reflections by NoerienaHendricks-18 November 2012Comment-Helping South Africans in Need: Reflections by Charles Kwasi Asare-9 November 2012Chapter 5: Experiencing ChangeLiving over Half a Century in a Changing Sophiatown: A Conversation with Long-timeResidents-8 November 2011Struggling with Memories of Triomf and Sophiatown: A Conversation between aMother and Daughter-3 August 2009Comparing Sophiatown and Westbury: A Conversation across Gshow more