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Home Spaces, Street Styles : Contesting Power and Identity in a South African City

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This book revisits and updates some classic Anthropology - the Xhosa in Town series - based on research in the South African city of East London conducted during the 1950s. The original studies concluded that there were two opposed responses to urbanisation in East London's African locations, one embracing Westernisation, European values and Christianity and another opposed to it. The studies have been the subject of intense anthropological debate. Leslie Bank returned to the areas of East London studied in the 1950s to assess how social and political changes have transformed these areas, in particular the apartheid reconstruction of the 1960s and 1970s and the struggle for liberation followed by the post-Apartheid period in the 1980s and 1990s. Bank has added important theoretical insights to this rich ethnography, and forged strong links with issues that transcend the particularities of his urban study.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 1 map, 26 photographs
  • 0745323286
  • 9780745323282

About Leslie J. Bank

Leslie J. Bank is the Director of the Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research. He has published widely on issues related to social change and development in southern Africa.show more

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Leslie Bank's beautifully written re-study of the 'Xhosa in town' is a very powerful ethnography from post-apartheid South Africa and an important contribution to the anthropology of the city. Bank's monograph is in every way an improvement over the classic trilogy that originally inspired it. -- Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo This is a splendid work of scholarship which makes a major ethnographic contribution while advancing challenging theoretical arguments. -- Professor James Ferguson, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University Bank's brilliant ethnography of East London traces the multiple dimensions of how the social production of the urban creates a patchwork of disarticulated spaces in this South African landscape. He correctly identifies this new process of urbanization as a kind of 'fractured urbanism' and then uses this concept in a positive sense, by demonstrating how these segregated and multilayered places are re-integrated by local people through their ritual and everyday processes of the re-inscription of meaning. -- Professor Setha Low, Department of Anthropology, City University of New Yorkshow more

Table of contents

1. Towards An Anthropology Of Urbanism 2. The Xhosa In Town Revisited 3. Modernism, Space And Identity 4. Rebellion, Fractured Urbanism And The Fear Of Fire 5. The Style Of The Comrades 6. Changing Migrant Cultures 7. Re-Modelling The House 8. The Rhythms Of The Yards 9. Post-Apartheid Suburb Or Hyper Ghetto Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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