Women of Phokeng
Title Details

304 Pages

22.7 x 14.2 cm

4 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey

Women of Phokeng

Consciousness, Life Strategy and Migrancy in South Africa, 1900-83

by Belinda Bozzoli and Mmantho Nkotsoe

With Mmantho Nkotsoe

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Oral testimony is given central place in this unique telling of South Africa's history.
Using oral accounts of their personal histories, this book recounts the lives and experiences of 22 black South African women, all born before 1915, from one small town in the Western Transvaal. This approach gives a unique insight into the history of South Africa in the twentieth century, as well as into the lives and world views of the unknown women who have been part of that history.

North America: Heinemann
"Rich in detail, this book allows the women to present us with exceptionally vital portraits of how they saw their times ... the tales told by these 22 strong women bear a wealth of vital, even ethnographic, information about their difficult, but never pitiable lives." Diana Wylie, JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY
"Even without the oral evidence, therefore, this would be an excellent overview of twentieth-century South African history and an introduction to its historiography. As it is, Bozzoli and Nkotsoe have given us a wealth of empirical evidence which should stimulate scholars to rethink their methodology and to question some of the most fundamental assumptions which are commonly made by researchers about African women and history." Marc Eprecht, THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES
"... a pathbreaking use of oral history with 22 working class women who migrated from a homeland to Johannesburg to work." Margaret Snyder, CHOICE
"This is oral history at its best ... pure gold." HISTORY
"... new substantive material and methodological innovation." SOCIOLOGY

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9780852556030

December 1998

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Title Details

304 Pages

2.27 x 1.42 cm

4 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey