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Transforming Cape Town / Edition 1

Transforming Cape Town / Edition 1

by Catherine BestemanCatherine Besteman
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This study provides a window into the lives of ordinary South Africans more than ten years after the end of apartheid, with the promises of the democracy movement remaining largely unfulfilled. Catherine Besteman explores the emotional and personal aspects of the transition to black majority rule by homing in on intimate questions of love, family, and community and capturing the complex, sometimes contradictory voices of a wide variety of Capetonians. Her evaluation of the physical and psychic costs to individuals involved in working for social change is grounded in the experiences of the participants and illu-minates two overarching dimensions of life in Cape Town: the aggregate forces determined to maintain the apartheid-era status quo, and the grassroots efforts to effect social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520256712
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: California Series in Public Anthropology , #19
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Catherine Besteman is Professor of Anthropology and Director of African Studies at Colby College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Transformation Stories

1. Seduction
2. Legacies
3. Ignorance Is Not Bliss
4. Fieldwork Discomforts
5. Still Waiting
6. Dodging Bullets
7. Identity Issues
8. Transformers
9. Some Lessons


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