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Title:Sources of Class Consciousness: South African Women in Recent Labor Struggles
Author:Berger, IrisISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:women workers
labour conflicts
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/217911
Abstract:It is a generally accepted theory that the low level of women's participation in workers' struggles is caused by their involvement in reproductive as well as productive activities. This incomplete proletarianization leaves them less prone to identify themselves solely as workers. This article shows that, despite their heavy family involvement, South African women have displayed a degree of working-class consciousness, which is inconsistent with this theory of semi-proletarianization. This working-class consciousness is made clear by a description of female participation in all kinds of industrial protests in the last decade. Notes. For a later version of this article, see: Women and class in Africa / ed. by Claire Robertson and Iris Berger. - 1986 - p. 216-236 (signatuur 16103).