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At Home with Apartheid: The Hidden Landscapes of Domestic Service in Johannesburg

Rebecca Ginsburg

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ISBN 10: 0813928885 / ISBN 13: 9780813928883
Published by University of Virginia Press
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Title: At Home with Apartheid: The Hidden ...

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Binding: Hardback

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Despite their peaceful, bucolic appearance, the tree-lined streets of South African suburbia were no refuge from the racial tensions and indignities of apartheid’s most repressive years. In At Home with Apartheid, Rebecca Ginsburg provides an intimate examination of the cultural landscapes of Johannesburg’s middle- and upper-middle-class neighbourhoods during the height of apartheid and incorporates recent scholarship on gender, the home, and family.


At Home with Apartheid is at once modest in spirit and profound in effect. Rebecca Ginsburg's meticulous scholarship and her ability to allow her informants to speak for themselves create an unforgettable portrait of apartheid from the inside, one that vividly demonstrates the role of mundane domestic spaces in shaping the moral and social experiences of the South African racial order. This is a major landmark in the growing field of race and space studies.

--Dell Upton, University of California, Los Angeles

It is critical to add work of this type to the corpus of literature on South African cities, and I warmly welcome this contribution. The issues raised here are enormously important to many South African women. The scholarship represented here is in my view excellent--the engagement with the literatures is good, and the research is extremely interesting and well constructed. Important, original, and enjoyable.

--Alan Mabin, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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