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Title:On the town and underworld in South Africa: representations of urban Africans in 'black films', 1974-1990
Author:Paleker, GairoonisaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African Historical Review (ISSN 1753-2531)
Volume:43
Issue:2
Pages:37-54
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:films
Blacks
images
apartheid
urbanization
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17532523.2011.634070
Abstract:Representations of urban Africans in 'black films' have kept pace with changing apartheid policies in South Africa and legislation governing the migration of Africans to South African urban centres. 'Black films' have gone from depicting Africans in urban centres as an undifferentiated mass to more nuanced and complex representations that reflect a changing society. However, what has remained constant in all the films discussed in this paper is the thematic preoccupation with African crime and criminality, as well as the compulsion to moralize that crime does not pay. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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