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Labour, lodging and linkages: migrant women's experience in South Africa

Phillips, Laura and James, Deborah ORCID: 0000-0002-4274-197X (2014) Labour, lodging and linkages: migrant women's experience in South Africa. African Studies, 73 (3). pp. 410-431. ISSN 0002-0184

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00020184.2014.962875


This historiographical overview examines the literature on women migrants in South Africa, arguing that it is important to consider domestic struggles and their impact on women’s urban experiences within and beyond the workplace in order to understand the unfolding of the migrant labour system in the 20th and 21st centuries. Looking at writing on pre-1994 migrancy, it highlights women’s experiences in the workplace, in the residential spaces they occupy, and in their associational life. We also draw out some of the major trends in the post-1994 period, focusing in particular on scholarship that considers HIV/AIDS. Migrant women, we argue, are neither simply home-based nor town-linked; rather their experiences and struggles provide the means to accommodate both while also transforming these polarities.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 13:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:54

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