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Title:Ambiguous Belongings: Negotiating Hybridity in Cape Town, 1940s-1990s
Author:Field, SeanISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
informal settlements
oral history
History and Exploration
Urbanization and Migration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41056435
Abstract:Covering the period 1940-1990, this paper documents and interprets storied fragments of interviewees who were individually classified as 'African' or 'coloured' under apartheid. These stories were selected from a broader collection of 54 oral history interviews conducted for a study on the history of Windermere, a part-brick, part-iron shanty community on the urban periphery of Cape Town, South Africa. The culturally mixed community emerged at the turn of the century and was eventually destroyed by the apartheid regime between 1958 and 1963. The cultural hybridity of these interviewees has been shaped by different social, kinship and linguistic histories. They have experienced ambiguous cultural belongings, which have been interwoven with many other belongings. It is especially their sense of spatial belonging to a time and a place called 'Windermere' which have helped them cope with their ambiguous cultural belongings. It is important that the feelings people invest in their sense of self and identity, and how others make them feel about themselves, should be incorporated as an integral part of understanding hybrid identity formation. Notes, ref.