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Title:Migration, urbanisation and domestic fluidity: reviewing some South African examples
Author:Spiegel, AndrewISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:2
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:90-113
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:workers
urbanization
family
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Recent studies have shown extensive fluidity of household composition among working people in contemporary South Africa. This paper overviews recent findings on the nature of contemporary domestic fluidity unit construction and dissolution. It attempts to contextualize domestic fluidity with reference to regional and local differences, particularly regarding people's experience of the labour market, and with reference to housing type. The paper suggests that processes of household formation and dissolution can be understood in terms of the competing demands of a moral economy of generalized reciprocity and material pressures that drive people to an individualized instrumentality regarding their domestic relations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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