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Profiles in Diversity: Women in the New South Africa

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A revealing oral history collection, Profiles in Diversity contains in-depth interviews of twenty-six women in South Africa from different racial, class, and age backgrounds. Conducted in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Vryburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Durban, and a rural section of Kwa-Zulu Natal, these life histories encompass diverse experiences ranging from a squatter in a township outside Cape Town to an ANC activist in Port Elizabeth, who lost three sons to the struggle for democracy and who herself was imprisoned several times during what many in South Africa now refer to as the "civil war."  

     Nearly all of these women describe their formative years spent growing up in South Africa's segregated society. Three young black students discuss the hardships they experienced in an unequal educational system as well as aspects of segregation in their childhood. They are joined in their memories and hopes for the future by two mature women—one now a high court judge in Durban and the other a linguist at the University of South Africa in Pretoria—both of whom studied at Harvard in the United States. Nancy Charton, the first woman ordained as an Anglican priest in South Africa, speaks about her past and what led her, in her early seventies, to a vocation in the church.  

      Three Afrikaner women, including one in her late twenties, speak about growing up in South Africa and articulate their concerns for a future that, in some respects, differs from the predictions of their English-speaking or black sisters. Two now-deceased members of the South African Communist Party provide disparate accounts of what led them to lives of active opposition to the discrimination that marked the lives of people of color, long before apartheid became embedded in South Africa's legal system. Also included is an account by Dr. Goonam, an Indian woman who grew up in relative comfort in the then province of Natal, while Ray Alexander discusses how she witnessed the tyranny visited on the Jews of her native Latvia before immigrating to the Cape.

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Presents in-depth interviews of 26 women in South Africa from different racial, class, and age backgrounds--the Afrikaners, the so-called coloreds, and Jewish, African, Indian, and English-speaking white women. Their histories encompass diverse experiences ranging from a squatter in a township outside Cape Town to political activists, and all of them have in common the strong religious faith (whether Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, or traditionalist) that is typical of South African society as a whole. Many of the women describe their formative years spent growing up in a segregated society, and some of them express their concerns for the future.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A revealing oral history collection, Profiles in Diversity contains in-depth interviews of twenty-six women in South Africa from different racial, class, and age backgrounds. Conducted in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Vryburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Durban, and a rural section of Kwa-Zulu Natal, these life histories encompass diverse experiences ranging from a squatter in a township outside Cape Town to an ANC activist in Port Elizabeth, who lost three sons to the struggle for democracy and who herself was imprisoned several times during what many in South Africa now refer to as the "civil war."

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-226) and index.

About the Author

Patricia Romero is a Professor of History at Towson University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870134470
Author:
Romero, Patricia
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Location:
East Lansing, Mich :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Apartheid
Subject:
South Africa Politics and government 20th century.
Subject:
Africa - South Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - South Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - Republic of South Africa
Subject:
Apartheid -- South Africa.
Subject:
South Africa Politics and government.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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A revealing oral history collection, Profiles in Diversity contains in-depth interviews of twenty-six women in South Africa from different racial, class, and age backgrounds. Conducted in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Vryburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Durban, and a rural section of Kwa-Zulu Natal, these life histories encompass diverse experiences ranging from a squatter in a township outside Cape Town to an ANC activist in Port Elizabeth, who lost three sons to the struggle for democracy and who herself was imprisoned several times during what many in South Africa now refer to as the "civil war."

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