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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Childhood in a South African Peripatetic Community
Author:Steyn, Riana
Periodical:Nomadic Peoples
Geographic term:South Africa
child care
child rearing
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/whp/nomp/2001/00000005/00000001/art00003
Abstract:The Karretjie People, or Cart People, of the Colesberg district of the Karoo represent a peripatetic community within the South African context - they are 'primarily non-food producing, preferentially endogamous, itinerant communities subsisting mainly on the sale of specialized services to sedentary customers'. They are also a disadvantaged community, locked within a wider society in which their position is defined by the fact that they are perceived as 'foreigners' and as 'different', and are not integrated with the host community. This article is concerned with the lives of the Karretjie children. It shows that these children suffer extreme disadvantages because of their whole community's underprivileged circumstances. Along with their parents they endure social, economic and political discrimination by the wider community. Poor health care, diet and general living conditions, often coupled with little formal education, exacerbate and perpetuate their hardship and vulnerability. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum in French and Spanish.