Building A New South Africa: One Conversation At A Time

Paperback | June 1, 2015

byDavid Thelen, Karie L. Morgan

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Once a thriving, multiracial community, the Sophiatown suburb of Johannesburg was home to many famous artists, musicians, and poets. It was also a place where residential apartheid was first put into practice with forced removals, buildings bulldozed, and the construction of new, cheap housing for white public employees. David Thelen and Karie L. Morgan facilitate conversations among today's Sophiatown residents about how they share spaces, experiences, and values to raise and educate their children, earn a living, overcome crime, and shape their community for the good of all. As residents reflect on the past and the challenges they face in the future, they begin to work together to create a rich, diverse, safe, and welcoming post-Mandela South Africa.

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Once a thriving, multiracial community, the Sophiatown suburb of Johannesburg was home to many famous artists, musicians, and poets. It was also a place where residential apartheid was first put into practice with forced removals, buildings bulldozed, and the construction of new, cheap housing for white public employees. David Thelen a...

David Thelen is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University.Karie L. Morgan is a postdoctoral fellow in history at the University of Johannesburg.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025301784X

ISBN - 13:9780253017840

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Table of Contents

Map of Sophiatown
Preface to U.S. Edition
Introduction to U.S. Edition
David Thelen and Karie L. Morgan
Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with
Neighbours on the Block
Block Group Meeting-Good and Gold Streets-7 June 2009
Block Group Meeting-Bertha Street-24 June 2009
Chapter 2: Visualising a Shared Place and Making a Shared Past.
Good and Gold Streets-Photovoice Discussion
-28 June and 15 July 2009
Bertha Street-Photovoice Discussion-19 July 2009
Chapter 3: Making Family around Mealtimes
Remembering Family Mealtimes:
A Conversation among Sophiatown
Cooking Club Members-15 October 2011
Glimpses of Cooking in Sophiatown
Comment-Challenges of Modern
Mealtimes: Reflections by René Lombardi-11 October 2012
Comment-Making Food and Heritage: Reflections by Tshepo Letsoalo-
13 September 2012
Chapter 4: Becoming Neighbours and Creating Community Community
Raising a Family with Neighbours: A Workshop-23 May 2012
Comment-Getting to Know Neighbours and Choosing a Neighbourhood:
Reflections by Sebastian van Rayne-25 November 2012
Comment-Overcoming Barriers to Become Better Neighbours: Reflections
by Noeriena Hendricks-24 November 2012
Keeping your Family Safe: A Workshop-19 May 2012
Encountering and Helping People in Distress: A Conversation among Young
People-9 October 2010
Comment - Growing Up and Helping Others: A Conversation between Two
Sisters-8 November 2012
Comment-Making a Difference in your Community: Reflections by Noeriena
Hendricks-18 November 2012
Comment-Helping South Africans in Need: Reflections by Charles Kwasi Asare-
9 November 2012
Chapter 5: Experiencing Change
Living over Half a Century in a Changing Sophiatown: A Conversation with Long-time
Residents-8 November 2011
Struggling with Memories of Triomf and Sophiatown: A Conversation between a
Mother and Daughter-3 August 2009
Comparing Sophiatown and Westbury: A Conversation across Generations-
27 October 2012
New Choices and Responsibilities in the New South Africa: Conversations among
Toby Street Residents-27 June and 4 August 2009
Encountering and Overcoming Shifting Barriers through the South African
Transition-Reflections by Erica Moumakwa-29 October 2012
Exploring New Ways of Relating in the New South Africa: A Conversation with
a Couple from the Old South Africa-10 May 2012
Contemplating Ways toward a New South African Future: A Visit to a Mysterious Room-4 October 2012
Epilogue Pastor Desmond Sheik
Acknowledgements

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"Building a New South Africa is quite wonderful. It's one of the few books I know that can breathe life into that worn word 'community' and do it with eloquent specificity." -Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Professor of History, Rutgers University