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Title:Class and social reproduction in migrant households in a South African community
Author:Fakier, KhayaatISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-7696)
Geographic term:South Africa
social inequality
Abstract:This article examines the relationship of migrancy to class and social reproduction in a South African community. It challenges several popular notions, such as that migrant households are a homogeneous category, that the work involved in social reproduction is 'natural' and unproblematic and that any 'care deficit' created by increased female migrancy is met by grandmothers in extended households. It shows how social reproduction varies according to the class locations of 23 migrant households in Emnambithi, a community in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal. Three classes of households were distinguished: semi-professional, working class, and marginalized households. The article focuses on how class characteristics are implicated in the daily provisioning and consumption of households and how migrant households care for their dependants. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]