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Title:Malevolent Traditions: Hostel Violence and the Procreational Geography of Apartheid
Author:Elder, Glen S.
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
gender relations
labour migration
workers' housing
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Urbanization and Migration
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0305707032000135897
Abstract:The extant literature about migrant worker hostel violence in South Africa in the early 1990s is critiqued in this article from a gendered perspective. Based on that critique, a feminist geographical framework is developed to examine hostel violence during South Africa's transition. By locating hostels and their residents within this geographical framework, referred to as the procreational geography of apartheid, it is argued that hostel violence evinces male hostel-dwellers' resistance to a perceived erosion of heteropatriarchal family power structures inside hostels and in far-flung rural homes. From this perspective, the post-1994-election hostels' internal political geographies are shown to reinscribe many of the heteropatriarchal claims to power negotiated under the conditions of apartheid. The paper is based on a case study of the Kwa Thema hostel in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vaal (PWV) region during one protracted period of intense violence (1990-1995). Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]