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Title:Women, Difference and Urbanisation Patterns in Cape Town, South Africa
Authors:Spiegel, AndrewISNI
Watson, VanessaISNI
Wilkinson, PeterISNI
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:rural-urban relations
women migrants
urban housing
Women's Issues
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/23323256.2005.11499911
Abstract:A point apparently often lost to policymakers is that those for whom policy is designed have very diverse life experiences. The article focuses on two women's experiences of urbanization in South Africa: experiences that are extremely different from one another, despite the common political-economic context in which they occurred. It considers these extreme examples in order to demonstrate that a simple disaggregation by gender is insufficient for understanding the diversity of lived experience. In doing so it also indicates the inadequacies of the kinds of urban-transition models that seem still to dominate South African housing and urban spatial development policy. And it suggests that a flexible, differentiated and needs-driven set of policies would be far more appropriate if policy is to accommodate the realities of social differentiation and stratification processes that lie beneath the surface of gender and race divides. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]