Poverty, possessions and proper living : constructing and contesting propriety in Soweto and Lusaka City

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Spiegel, Mugsy en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Frankental, Sally en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Meintjes, Helen en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-01T12:20:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-01T12:20:18Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Meintjes, H. 2000. Poverty, possessions and proper living : constructing and contesting propriety in Soweto and Lusaka City. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10813
dc.description Bibliography: 131-137. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Recent material culture theory points out how material possessions are woven into the fabric of lives, shaping social relations and texturing people's meanings and interpretation of their world. This study embarks on exploring aspects of this objected fabric, in the context of urban working black South Africans, living in three different township suburbs in Gauteng, in four differing housing circumstances, in the mid-1990s and in the midst of much uncertainty of what the future might hold for poor urban residents. Drawing on participant observation, ethnographic interviews, and household and appliance ownership surveys, the study explores the ways in which domestic objects- appliances specifically - function symbolically for a set of people living in Soweto formal houses, backyard shacks, an informal settlement and in Lusaka City site-and -service settlement on the West Rand, in Gauteng, South Africa. I examine symbolic constructions and creations in these people's homes, gleaning some of the meaning people attributed to particular modes of equipping their homes, and how aspects of their image of themselves and each other were presented, acted out, created, 'conversationed', contested and negotiated through material goods. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.title Poverty, possessions and proper living : constructing and contesting propriety in Soweto and Lusaka City en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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