Respectability And Resistance: A History Of Sophiatown

Hardcover | March 31, 2004

byDavid Goodhew

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Respectability and Resistance is the first major history of the black township of Sophiatown in western Johannesburg. Sophiatown, together with the neighboring townships of Newclare and Western Native Township, formed the center of black South African urban culture and politics in the 1940s and 1950s. Using a wealth of sources including oral history and much previously unknown archival material, Goodhew provides a detailed portrait of Sophiatown life. The widow turning to illegal liquor production to get her children a good education, the gang of miners who made common cause with the white police, the Communist Party's rather puritanical views on pleasure, and a nativity play satirizing state policy--these are just a few of the diverse strands of life that teemed through Sophiatown.

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Respectability and Resistance is the first major history of the black township of Sophiatown in western Johannesburg. Sophiatown, together with the neighboring townships of Newclare and Western Native Township, formed the center of black South African urban culture and politics in the 1940s and 1950s. Using a wealth of sources includin...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.54 × 6.08 × 0.77 inPublished:March 31, 2004Publisher:HeinemannLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325071004

ISBN - 13:9780325071008

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"[A] highly readable account of political and cultural values in Johannesburg's Western Areas', from the latter's origins to the 1950s....Goodhew has made an important contribution to South African urban history."-Journal of African History