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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Undressing Durban
Editors:Pattman, RobISNI
Khan, SultanISNI
City of publisher:Durban
Publisher:Madiba Publishers
ISBN:0947445684; 9780947445683
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:urban society
social conditions
Abstract:'Undressing Durban' was originally conceived as a guide, with accessible and engaging papers, for international delegates at the 2006 International Socological Association meeting in Durban, South Africa. It was a short collection of papers about Durban which aimed at revealing aspects of the city normally hidden by popular tourist images. Rather than 'dressing up' Durban and presenting it as Other and exotic, the emphasis was on how cultural diversity was lived. The present extended version aims at a wider audience. Some articles are more conventionally academic, some impassioned and rhetorical, some are autobiographical, some focus on the 'voices' of 'minorities' and one deals with 'racial', gender and global inequalities in the form of a play set in Durban. The articles were not written in relation to prescribed themes, but the themes emerged from the writing: Introducing Durban; Outsiders in Durban (and Durbanites as outsiders); Mixed 'race' heterosexual partners in Durban; Sport, entertainment and relaxation; Transport and residential spaces in Durban; Shack dwellers; Living on the streets and in shelters in Durban; Fear of crime and moral panics; Gangsters; Punishments; Indian identities and culture; Black African identities and culture; HIV and AIDS; University of KwaZulu-Natal; Women sex workers in Durban; and Challenging local and global inequalities. [ASC Leiden abstract]