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Title:'This house is a dark room': domestic violence on farms in the Western Cape, South Africa
Author:Waldman, LindaISNI
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:gender relations
sexual offences
assault and battery
large farms
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Abstract:Women and adolescent girls who live on white-owned farms in the Western Cape, South Africa, experience extreme levels of domestic violence and sexual abuse. This, coupled with the structural oppression of farm labourers and the patriarchal relations between men, women and children, contributes towards the formulation of adolescents' own expressions of violence. This paper examines notions of male sexuality and prowess and women's reactions to the beatings and sexual abuse they suffer from men. The analysis of gender relations presented here is based upon the farmers' control and paternalism that extends into the 'blok' (the farm labourers' residential area), the entrapment of farm labour, and the dominance male residents exert over their female counterparts. In the second part the author examines possibilities for women to resist male control. She argues that women do not simply acquiesce to men's dominance. Women have options that allow them to counter male control, for example by demanding patronage from the farmer in return for their labour. The paper stems from fieldwork carried out in 1991 and 1992 on two grape farms in the Western Cape. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.