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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Metropolitan nomads: a journey through Jo'burg' s 'little Mogadishu'
Authors:Ripero-Muņiz, Nereida
Fayad, Salym
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 2332-3264)
Geographic term:South Africa
social life
suburban areas
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/23323256.2016.1215251
Abstract:Mayfair, a Johannesburg suburb, is a place where the lives of hundreds of Somalis intersect: a space of opportunity for some, a place of refuge for others, and a home away from home for the Somali diaspora in the city. This is a multi-layered site where Somali migrants, as urban refugees, renegotiate their cultural and religious practices in a foreign, metropolitan context; where spaces and customs that were left behind are recreated in the daily life of the neighbourhood. Using photography and an ethnographic approach, 'Metropolitan Nomads' is a collaborative project between researcher Nereida Ripero-Muņiz and documentary photographer Salym Fayad. The project takes an intimate look at the everyday life of Somali migrants in Johannesburg, where collective stories of migration and survival interweave with individual desires and hopes of seeking a better life outside a country shattered by decades of internal conflict. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]