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Title:Class in Soweto
Editor:Alexander, PeterISNI
City of publisher:Scottsville
Publisher:University of Kwazulu-Natal Press
ISBN:1869142209; 9781869142209
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:social classes
social mobility
Abstract:Soweto, South Africa's most populous and politically important township, is in many ways the microcosm of the country's stratification of extremes. This study offers an in-depth look at the phenomenon of class and its ramifications from the point of view of urban South Africa. How do Sowetans understand class and how do they locate themselves and each other within the broad divisions of class schema? What are the markers and indicators that influence their perceptions of class and does the terminology of class effect these perceptions through dilution into indigenous languages? Contributions: Affordability and action: introduction and overview / Peter Alexander; Historical introduction to class in Soweto / Kim Wale; Contemporary Soweto: dimensions of stratification / Claire Ceruti; Underemployment: too poor to be unemployed / Peter Alexander and Kim Wale; Models, labels and affordability / Mosa Phadi and Claire Ceruti; Perceptions of class mobility / Kim Wale; The language of class: confusion complexity and difficult words / Mosa Phadi and Owen Manda; Class and religion: denominations in Soweto / Keke Motseke and Sibongile Mazibuko; Conclusion / Peter Alexander. [ASC Leiden abstract]