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The Jews In South Africa - An Illustrated History (Paperback): Richard Mendelsohn, Milton Shain The Jews In South Africa - An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Richard Mendelsohn, Milton Shain
R250 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R42 (17%) In stock

Spanning the past two centuries, The Jews in South Africa explores the fascinating role played by this small but highly significant community in the economic, political, social and cultural life of this country.

This richly illustrated story – the first comprehensive history to appear in over 50 years – includes a wide range of historically important photographs, many long unseen, and encompasses a broad swathe of Jewish life, from the bimah and the boardroom to the bowling green. Beginning with the first Jewish immigrants to South Africa, and depicting the fragility of the early foundations and the shifting fortunes of this infant community, the book traces its development to robust maturity amidst turbulent social and political currents. These include the strident antisemitism of the 1930s, the moral dilemmas of the apartheid era, the subsequent turbulent transition towards a non-racial democracy, the birth of the New South Africa and the fresh challenges and promise that have followed in its wake up to the present day.

Included are such personalities as Barney Barnato, Helen Suzman, Joe Slovo, Sol Kerzner and Rabbi Cyril Harris, as well as many others who have made an important mark in their fields.

The Jews in South Africa will be of great interest to every member of the Jewish community living both in South Africa and in their adoptive countries, as well as for all wishing to learn more about this highly energetic and innovative community whose contribution in many spheres of life has so greatly influenced and enriched the history of South Africa.

Blacks Do Caravan (Paperback): Fikile Hlatshwayo Blacks Do Caravan (Paperback)
Fikile Hlatshwayo
R225 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R46 (20%) In stock

Blacks Do Caravan tells the story of a young South African family’s caravan journey, and the everlasting memories created along the way included amazing adventures and wonderful experiences. The book aims to inspire South Africans to take time out of their busy schedules and spend that valuable time with their families to discover the beauty of our country.

Fikile’s trip began on 15 September 2014 and during the journey she came to the realisation that South Africa is still a divided nation. Over twenty years into democracy, boundaries still divide us. Fikile aims to break those boundaries created by the past regime and contribute to the unity that is needed for all South Africans to move forward and experience this country equally. What better way to do it than caravanning?

Fikile and her family visited over 60 caravan parks and extended their travels to the Kingdom of Swaziland, which became an eye opening, mind changing trip of a lifetime.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback): Jon Ronson So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback)
Jon Ronson
R330 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R47 (14%) In stock

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, comes a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.'

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice?

We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

Afrikaanse 2-Boek Bundel - Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing / Alles Oor Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jo van As,... Afrikaanse 2-Boek Bundel - Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing / Alles Oor Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Jo van As, Johann Du Preez, Leslie Brown, Nico Smit, Rob Marsh 1
R599 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R124 (21%) In stock

Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing: 'n Afrika-Perspektief - Jo van As, Johann Du Preez, Leslie Brown, Nico Smit
Die Verhaal Van Lewe & Die Omgewing: 'n Afrika-Perspektief handel oor die brose wonder van lewe. Dit is 'n viering van die aarde se ryke, wonderlike verskeidenheid – die spesies, bevolkings, gemeenskappe en ekostelsels wat ons omring – en van die natuur se veerkragtigheid. Dit vertel van die drie hoofekostelsels: varswater, oseane en land, en al die lewe wat hulle in en om Afrika onderhou. Dit bespreek evolusie en die eindeloos vertakkende boom van lewe; hoe stelsels werk, hoe bevolkings toeneem en afneem, en hoe al die elemente van lewe op mekaar inwerk. En dit vertel die verhaal van die oorsprong van die mens in Afrika, en hoe ons tot moderne mense ontwikkel het. Die boek waarsku teen ons menslike invloed op die planeet en die vinnige klimaatsverandering wat dit aanhelp, asook teen massiewe oorbenutting en die uitputting van hulpbronne. Die boek gaan ook oor verantwoordelike beplanning en bestuur van ons omgewing en natuurlike hulpbronne om skade te herstel en volhoubaarheid te verseker. Dit is die verhaal van lewe en die omgewing in Afrika.

Alles Oor Suid-Afrika - Rob Marsh
Alles Oor Suid-Afrika is reeds sedert 1992 die mees omvattende naslaanboek vir Suid- Afrikaanse skoliere (en hul ouers!) wanneer hulle op soek is na inligting oor die land. Hierdie uitgawe – met hersiene en opgedateerde inhoud en fotografie – sal beslis sy status behou! Hierdie grootformaatboek propvol kennis is hoogs visueel met volkleurfoto’s, -kaarte en -illustrasies en die teks is maklik om te lees en te verstaan. Bykomende belangstelling word geprikkel deur brokkies inligting wat in teksboksies en verlengde opskrifte vervat word. Plekke om te besoek word ook aanbeveel en pas by die betrokke tema wat op die dubbelbladsy-uitleg bespreek word. Die teks is opgedeel in afdelings soos lank, lank gelede; die mense; die kultuur; die gemeenskap; wetenskap en tegnologie; die ekonomie; die land; en die natuurlewe, wat elke aspek van Suid-Afrika dek.

A Bed Called Home - Life In The Migrant Labour Hostels Of Cape Town (Paperback): Mamphela Ramphele A Bed Called Home - Life In The Migrant Labour Hostels Of Cape Town (Paperback)
Mamphela Ramphele; Photographs by Roger Meintjies
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) In stock

In the last three years the migrant labor hostels of South Africa, particularly those in the Transvaal, have gained international notoriety as theaters of violence. For many years they were hidden from public view and neglected by the white authorities. Now, it seems, hostel dwellers may have chosen physical violence to draw attention to the structural violence of their appalling conditions of life. Yet we should not lose sight of the fact that the majority of hostel dwellers are peace-loving people who have over the years developed creative strategies to cope with their impoverished and degrading environment.
In this challenging study, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele documents the life of the hostel dwellers of Cape Town, for whom a bed is literally a home for both themselves and their families. Elaborating the concept of space in its many dimensions--not just physical, but political, ideological, social, and economic as well--she emphasizes the constraints exerted on hostel dwellers by the limited spaces they inhabit. At the same time, she argues that within these constraints people have managed to find room for manoeuvre, and in her book explores the emancipatory possibilities of their environment.
The text is illustrated with a number of black-and-white photographs taken by Roger Meintjes in the townships and hostels.

Kings of the Yukon - One Summer Paddling Across the Far North (Hardcover): Adam Weymouth Kings of the Yukon - One Summer Paddling Across the Far North (Hardcover)
Adam Weymouth
R450 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R112 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
F*** You Very Much - The surprising truth about why people are so rude (Paperback): Danny Wallace F*** You Very Much - The surprising truth about why people are so rude (Paperback)
Danny Wallace 1
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

You're not imagining it. People are getting ruder. And this is a serious problem. The book that inspired the iTunes Top Ten podcast Did you know that even one rude comment in a life and death situation can decrease a surgeon's performance by as much as 50%? That we say we don't want rude politicians, but we vote for them anyway? Or that rude language can sway a jury in a criminal case? Bestselling writer and broadcaster Danny Wallace (Yes Man, Awkward Situations For Men), is on a mission to understand where we have gone wrong. He travels the world interviewing neuroscientists, psychologists, NASA scientists, barristers, bin men, and bellboys. He joins a Radical Honesty group in Germany, talks to drivers about road rage in LA, and confronts his own online troll in a pub. And in doing so, he uncovers the latest thinking about how we behave, how rudeness, once unleashed, can spread like a virus - and how even one flippant remark can snowball into disaster. As insightful and enthralling as it is highly entertaining, F*** You Very Much* is an eye-opening exploration into the worst side of human behaviour. "A cry for human decency... deliciously hilarious. I politely encourage you to read this book. Immediately." Adam Grant author of Originals, Give and Take, Option B *This book was originally published under the title, I Can't Believe You Just Said That. But we decided it just wasn't rude enough...

Hanging On A Wire - Photographs By Sophia Klaase (Hardcover): Hanging On A Wire - Photographs By Sophia Klaase (Hardcover)
R520 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R120 (23%) Within 4 - 10 working days

In 1999, Rick Rohde, a Research Fellow of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, joined a long-term research project in the village of Paulshoek in Namaqualand, the aim of which was to understand and record the socio-economic and environmental history of the area. Some residents of Paulshoek were invited to contribute to the project through a photographic documentation of the life of the village. One of these photographers was Sophia Klaase, whose striking images of her family and friends became the subject of an exhibition fourteen years later.

Klaase’s images stood out for their intense and idiosyncratic representation of life in a materially impoverished community, and for their frank exploration of Klaase’s own relationship to her environment. Her photographs and this book demonstrate the intellectual and aesthetic rewards of true collaboration and sustained investigation, and introduce a new name into the tradition of South African documentary and vernacular photography. Klaase’s work is the cornerstone of this richly layered study of Paulshoek and its environs.

Diversify (Hardcover): June Sarpong Diversify (Hardcover)
June Sarpong 1
R431 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R128 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Engaging and informative ... highlights our common humanity' Kofi Annan `A passionately written polemic' You Magazine In troubling times, it's tempting to retreat to our comfort zones. To people just like us. But what if actively seeking the unfamiliar was proven to be the key to a brighter future - both personally and for society at large? In this fierce, empowering call to arms, June Sarpong MBE puts the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Diversify uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face. Drawing on new case studies - from shared parental leave, to flexible teaching methods, to communal living for pensioners and students - and with never-before published research from Oxford University, Diversify is an fierce and empowering guide to navigating a new way. And, alongside stellar research and inspiring stories are six simple and revolutionary exercises: the first steps on a journey to overcoming personal prejudice and reaping the huge rewards. The old way isn't working. This is a case for change.

Take it from me (Paperback): Danny K Take it from me (Paperback)
Danny K
R85 R73 Discovery Miles 730 Save R12 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

A fresh, entertaining series of pocket books that feature prominent young South African voices worth listening to. The Youngsters series explores topics of interest to the youth, ranging from hair weaves to discovering who you are and what you should do with your life, as well as issues of race and gender, love and sex in the time of social networks, the music and radio industries, comedy, empowering yourself and more...The series shares the naked reality of being a youngster in South Africa and helps you to make sense of it all.

Becoming (Paperback): Shaka Sisulu Becoming (Paperback)
Shaka Sisulu 1
R85 R73 Discovery Miles 730 Save R12 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Grandson of anti-apartheid stalwart Walter Sisulu, CEO of non-profit organisation Cheesekids, creator, dreamer, father and devoted Afrikan, Shaka Sisulu discusses heritage, BEE, inspiration, leadership, legacy and how you can carve your own destiny in the African soil in Becoming. The youngsters are a fresh, entertaining series of pocket books that feature prominent young South African voices worth listening to.

Community psychology: Analysis, context and action (Paperback, New ed): N. Duncan, B. Bowman, A. Naidoo, J. Pillay, V. Roos Community psychology: Analysis, context and action (Paperback, New ed)
N. Duncan, B. Bowman, A. Naidoo, J. Pillay, V. Roos
R548 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R84 (15%) Within 4 - 8 working days
Risingtidefallingstar - In Search of the Soul of the Sea (Paperback): Philip Hoare Risingtidefallingstar - In Search of the Soul of the Sea (Paperback)
Philip Hoare
R346 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R76 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days

"Every day is an anxiety in my ways of getting to the water. . . . I've become so attuned to it, so scared of it, so in love with it that sometimes I can only think by the sea. It is the only place I feel at home." Many of us visit the sea. Admire it. Even profess to love it. But very few of us live it. Philip Hoare does. He swims in the sea every day, either off the coast of his native Southampton or his adopted Cape Cod. He watches its daily and seasonal changes. He collects and communes with the wrack--both dead and never living--that it throws up on the shingle. He thinks with, at, through the sea. All of which should prepare readers: RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR is no ordinary book. It mounts no straight-ahead argument. It hews to no single genre. Instead, like the sea itself, it moves, flows, absorbs, transforms. In its pages we find passages of beautiful nature and travel writing, lyrical memoir, seams of American and English history and much more. We find Thoreau and Melville, Bowie and Byron, John Waters and Virginia Woolf, all linked through a certain refusal to be contained, to be strictly defined--an openness to discovery and change. Running throughout is an air of elegy, a reminder that the sea is an ending, a repository of lost ships, lost people, lost ways of being. It is where we came from; for Hoare, it is where he is going. "Every swim is a little death," Hoare writes, "but it is also a reminder that you are alive." Few books have ever made that knife's edge so palpable. Read RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR. Let it settle into the seabed of your soul. You'll never forget it.

Taken for Granted - The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable (Hardcover): Eviatar Zerubavel Taken for Granted - The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable (Hardcover)
Eviatar Zerubavel
R332 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R77 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

How the words we use--and don't use--reinforce dominant cultural norms Why is the term "openly gay" so widely used but "openly straight" is not? What are the unspoken assumptions behind terms like "male nurse," "working mom," and "white trash"? Offering a revealing and provocative look at the word choices we make every day without even realizing it, Taken for Granted exposes the subtly encoded ways we talk about race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social status, and more. In this engaging and insightful book, Eviatar Zerubavel describes how the words we use--such as when we mark "the best female basketball player" but leave her male counterpart unmarked--provide telling clues about the things many of us take for granted. By marking "women's history" or "Black History Month," we are also reinforcing the apparent normality of the history of white men. When we mark something as being special or somehow noticeable, that which goes unmarked--such as maleness, whiteness, straightness, and able-bodiedness--is assumed to be ordinary by default. Zerubavel shows how this tacit normalizing of certain identities, practices, and ideas helps to maintain their cultural dominance--including the power to dictate what others take for granted. A little book about a very big idea, Taken for Granted draws our attention to what we implicitly assume to be normal--and in the process unsettles the very notion of normality.

The Road to Wigan Pier (Paperback, Ed): George Orwell The Road to Wigan Pier (Paperback, Ed)
George Orwell
R202 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R71 (35%) In stock

A searing account of George Orwell's observations of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time. His graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, cramped slum housing, dangerous mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity. It crystallized the ideas that would be found in Orwell's later works and novels, and remains a powerful portrait of poverty, injustice and class divisions in Britain. Published with an introduction by Richard Hoggart in Penguin Modern Classics. 'It is easy to see why the book created and still creates so sharp an impact ... exceptional immediacy, freshness and vigour, opinionated and bold ... Above all, it is a study of poverty and, behind that, of the strength of class-divisions' Richard Hoggart

Rich Pictures - Encouraging Resilient Communities (Paperback): Simon Bell, Tessa Berg, Stephen Morse Rich Pictures - Encouraging Resilient Communities (Paperback)
Simon Bell, Tessa Berg, Stephen Morse
R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 In stock

Rich Pictures focuses on the value of developing visual narratives - Rich Pictures - as an important component and starting point for community participation. A key device for the community to share ideas and perspectives on current and potential future situations, Rich Pictures provide a shared space for members to set out ideas and negotiate. While Rich Pictures are widely and globally used, this is the first book discussing their use, and how and when to use this technique for maximum participatory value. A valuable read for community engagement professionals, planners, politicians, and members of affected communities, Rich Pictures is richly illustrated with examples and authors' testimonials.

The Moth Snowstorm - Nature and Joy (Paperback): Michael McCarthy The Moth Snowstorm - Nature and Joy (Paperback)
Michael McCarthy
R318 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R73 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Diversity and Society - Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Joseph F. Healey Diversity and Society - Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Joseph F. Healey
R1,120 R1,015 Discovery Miles 10 150 Save R105 (9%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The only brief text to present a unified sociological frame of reference to help students analyze minority-dominant relations. The fourth edition of Joseph F. Healey's Diversity and Society, updated to include the latest information from the 2010 census, continues to provide a solid foundation for understanding minority-dominant relations in the United States. Derived in part from bestselling Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class, this accessible 10-chapter text teaches concepts and theories through current, engaging topics, such as immigration and slavery in the world today. The concepts are reinforced through case studies and enhanced through gender and comparative perspectives. Particular emphasis is given to the history of race and ethnicity in the United States - more coverage than any other brief text.

Globalization and Transformations of Social Inequality (Paperback): Ulrike Schuerkens Globalization and Transformations of Social Inequality (Paperback)
Ulrike Schuerkens
R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Within 7 - 12 working days

Social inequality is a worldwide phenomenon. Globalization has exacerbated and alleviated inequality over the past twenty-five years. This volume offers analytical and comparative insights from current case studies of social inequality in more than ten countries within all the major regions of the world. Contributors provide an assessment of the overall social globalization phenomenon in the global world as well as an outlook of transformations of global social inequality in the future. This book will be a timely addition for students and scholars of globalization studies, social inequality, sociology, and cultural and social anthropology.

Diversify (Paperback): June Sarpong Diversify (Paperback)
June Sarpong
R340 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R58 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Written by June Sarpong MBE and with research from Oxford University, Diversify is a fierce, accessible and empowering guide to why a more open society means a more successful one. In troubling times, it's tempting to retreat to our comfort zones. To people just like us. But what if actively seeking the unfamiliar was proven to be the key to a brighter future - both personally and for societyat large? In this fierce, empowering call to arms, June Sarpong MBE puts the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Diversify uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the state, and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face. Drawing on new case studies - from shared parental leave, to flexible teaching methods, to communal living for pensioners and students - and with never-before published research from Oxford University, Diversify is an fierce and empowering guide to navigating a new way. And, alongside stellar research and inspiring stories are six simple and revolutionary exercises: the first steps on a journey to overcoming personal prejudice and reaping the huge rewards. The old way isn't working. This is a case for change.

Fabulous - The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (Hardcover): Madison Moore Fabulous - The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (Hardcover)
Madison Moore
R437 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R107 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

An exploration of what it means to be fabulous-and why eccentric style, fashion, and creativity are more political than ever Prince once told us not to hate him 'cause he's fabulous. But what does it mean to be fabulous? Is fabulous style only about labels, narcissism, and selfies-looking good and feeling gorgeous? Or can acts of fabulousness be political gestures, too? What are the risks of fabulousness? And in what ways is fabulous style a defiant response to the struggles of living while marginalized? madison moore answers these questions in a timely and fascinating book that explores how queer, brown, and other marginalized outsiders use ideas, style, and creativity in everyday life. Moving from catwalks and nightclubs to the street, moore dialogues with a range of fabulous and creative powerhouses, including DJ Vjuan Allure, voguing superstar Lasseindra Ninja, fashion designer Patricia Field, performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon, and a wide range of other aesthetic rebels from the worlds of art, fashion, and nightlife. In a riveting synthesis of autobiography, cultural analysis, and ethnography, moore positions fabulousness as a form of cultural criticism that allows those who perform it to thrive in a world where they are not supposed to exist.

Romani Routes - Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora (Paperback): Carol Silverman Romani Routes - Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora (Paperback)
Carol Silverman
R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Within 7 - 15 working days

Over the past two decades, a steady stream of recordings, videos, feature films, and concerts has presented the music of European Gypsies, or Roma, to Western audiences, who have greeted them with exceptional enthusiasm. Yet, as author Carol Silverman notes, "Roma are revered as musicians and reviled as people." In this book, Silverman introduces readers to the people and cultures who produce this music, offering a sensitive and incisive analysis of how Romani musicians function successfully within oppressive circumstances. Focusing on the Romani communities in southeastern Europe then moving to the diaspora communities, her book examines the music within these diverse Gypsy communities, the lives and careers of outstanding musicians, and the presentation of music in the electronic media and world music concert circuit. Silverman touches on the way that the Roma exemplify many qualities - rootlessness, cultural hybridity, transnationalism - that are taken to characterize late modern experience. Rather than just celebrating these qualities, she presents the musicians as complicated, pragmatic individuals who work creatively within the many constraints that inform their lives. As both a performer and presenter of world music, Silverman has worked extensively with Romani communities for more than two decades both in their home countries and in the diaspora. At a time when the political and economic plight of European Roma and the popularity of their music are objects of international attention, Silverman's book is incredibly timely.

Invisible Countries - Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood (Hardcover): Joshua Keating Invisible Countries - Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood (Hardcover)
Joshua Keating
R437 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R107 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A thoughtful analysis of how our world's borders came to be and why we may be emerging from a lengthy period of "cartographical stasis" What is a country? While certain basic criteria-borders, a government, and recognition from other countries-seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating's book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and Somaliland, a Mohawk reservation straddling the U.S.-Canada border, and an island nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change. Through stories about these would-be countries' efforts at self-determination, as well as their respective challenges, Keating shows that there is no universal legal authority determining what a country is. He argues that although our current world map appears fairly static, economic, cultural, and environmental forces in the places he describes may spark change. Keating ably ties history to incisive and sympathetic observations drawn from his travels and personal interviews with residents, political leaders, and scholars in each of these "invisible countries."

The Maid Narratives - Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South (Hardcover): Katherine Van Wormer The Maid Narratives - Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South (Hardcover)
Katherine Van Wormer
R615 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R136 (22%) Within 7 - 15 working days

The Maid Narratives shares the memories of black domestic workers and the white families they served, uncovering the often intimate relationships between maid and mistress. Based on interviews with over fifty people -- both white and black -- these stories deliver a personal and powerful message about resilience and resistance in the face of oppression in the Jim Crow South.

The housekeepers, caretakers, sharecroppers, and cooks who share their experiences in The Maid Narratives ultimately moved away during the Great Migration. Their perspectives as servants who left for better opportunities outside of the South offer an original telling of physical and psychological survival in a racially oppressive caste system: Vinella Byrd, for instance, from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, recalls how a farmer she worked for would not allow her to clean her hands in the family's wash pan. These narratives are complemented by the voices of white women, such as Flora Templeton Stuart, from New Orleans, who remembers her maid fondly but realizes that she knew little about her life. Like Stuart, many of the white narrators remain troubled by the racial norms of the time. Viewed as a whole, the book presents varied, rich, and detailed accounts, often tragic, and sometimes humorous. The Maid Narratives reveals, across racial lines, shared hardships, strong emotional ties, and inspiring strength.

Introducing Intersectionality (Paperback): Mary Romero Introducing Intersectionality (Paperback)
Mary Romero
R402 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R73 (18%) Within 7 - 13 working days

How can we hope to understand social inequality without considering race, class, and gender in tandem? How do they interact with other categories such as sexuality, citizenship, and ableism? How does an inclusive analysis of domination and privilege move us closer to solutions touching the lives of diverse populations? In this clearly written book, Mary Romero presents intersectionality as a core facet of the sociological imagination. One-dimensional approaches are no longer acceptable. Instead, we must examine all systems of oppression simultaneously and how they integrate and work with or against each other to shape life experiences. Recognizing the dynamics of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy, Romero shows how social inequality is maintained or minimized in various social settings and everyday sites of interaction. Drawing the theoretical threads together, the book demonstrates intersectional approaches in action in relation to the care crisis and wealth divide, to highlight the different understandings of these issues and their solutions arising from a comprehensive, intersectional examination. Offering an overview of scholarly and activist tradition in the development of intersectionality and how to apply intersectionality as a lens to enrich our understandings of social life, this introductory text will be an invaluable and welcome resource for all students of sociology.

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