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Title:The Township Family and Women's Struggles
Author:Campbell, C.ISNI
Year:1990
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Issue:6
Pages:1-22
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:workers
women
family
Cultural Roles
Family Life
urbanization
Sex Roles
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10130950.1990.9675072
Abstract:The origins of the oppression of women are deep and complex, and need to be examined in the personal as well as the economic/political dimensions of women's lives. This article looks at some of the complexities of women's roles within the family in South Africa in the context of the economic deprivation and racial discrimination that form the backdrop of working class township family life. It draws on interviews with members of working class township families (both women and men) in the Durban area, conducted during the pilot phase of the Natal Family Project, which examines the transformation of working class township family life under the impact of apartheid and capitalism. Two central issues are explored. The first concerns the power of women within the family and the community and shows that women play a central role in the family and in the community, where they set up wider emotional and material support networks. This powerful role, however, does not necessarily contain the seeds of a revolutionary consciousness in relation to the women's struggle. The second issue concerns some of the limits of this power, and the implications of these limits for the fight for women's liberation from patriarchal domination. Bibliogr., note.
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