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Title:Diffusing Domesticity: Domestic Fluidity in Die Bos
Author:Ross, Fiona C.
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:informal settlements
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Urbanization and Migration
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02533959608458601
Abstract:So complex and rapidly altering were the forms of domesticity which the author encountered in Die Bos, a shantytown settlement near Cape Town, South Africa, that much anthropological literature seemed inadequate to deal with it. In the first section of this article the author describes Die Bos during her fieldwork period, November 1991 to June 1992. In the main body of the article, she presents three case studies exploring the domestic experiences of residents in the settlement and the implications of such experiences for an understanding of domesticity. These three stories are indicative of the kinds of change exhibited within discrete dwellings. Some of the alterations in domesticity could be attributed to predictable changes in domestic life cycles. But a large proportion of the 66 instances of change recorded in 102 households was of a more ephemeral (and thus less predictable) nature. The implications of wholly contingent change, the processes through which domesticity was diffused in Die Bos, and the differing roles of kin and friends in mediating and facilitating change are the focal point of discussion in the final section. Bibliogr., notes, ref.