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Title:Body politics and citizenship
Editors:Oldfield, SophieISNI
Salo, ElaineISNI
Schlyter, AnnISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Feminist Africa (ISSN 1726-460X)
Issue:13
Pages:146
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Zambia
Subjects:gender roles
citizenship
women
suburban areas
fieldwork
External link:http://www.agi.ac.za/agi/feminist-africa/13/
Abstract:In postcolonial Zambia and postapartheid South Africa, citizenship is assumed to be universal and to carry rights. Yet, in practice, in the everyday context in which ordinary women and men live out their lives, its meanings and values are differentiated in bodies and their politics, reflecting the social, spatial, gendered and racial nature of inequality. The contributions in this issue of 'Feminist Africa' elaborate on contesting body politics and the gendered crafting of urban citizenship in Lusaka and Cape Town, examining the micro-relations and politics of women's, and in one case, men's, everyday lives. The issue contains four feature articles: Coconuts do not live in townships: cosmopolitanism and its failures in the urban peripheries of Cape Town (Elaine Salo) - Body politics and the crafting of citizenship in peri-urban Lusaka (Ann Schlyter) - De facto v/s de jure home ownership: women's everyday negotiations in Lusaka and Cape Town (Sian Butcher and Sophie Oldfield) - 'Marobot neMawaya': traffic lights and wire: crafting Zimbabwean migrant masculinities in Cape Town (Netsai Sarah Matshaka). Four profiles on methodology collectively reflect on the production and politics of the research: Nurturing researchers, building local knowledge: the 'Body Politics' Project (Sophie Oldfield and Elaine Salo) - Fieldwork stories: negotiating positionality, power and purpose (Lynsey Bourke, Sian Butcher, Nixon Chisonga, Jumani Clarke, Frances Davies and Jessica Thorn) - Collaborative research in conversation (Koni Benson) - A regional conversation on Southern African cities and towns: the Gender, Urbanisation and Everyday Life Research Project, 1992-2005 (Matseliso 'Ma-Tlali Mapetla and Ann Schlyter). These contributions are complemented by Elaine Salo's 'In Conversation' with Sindiwe Magona, a black South African woman author and poet who writes about the realities of gender and contemporary urban life. Two book reviews focus on recent writing on the intersections of gender activism and knowledge production and teaching in India and South Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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