Respectable Mothers, Tough Men and Good Daughters: Producing persons in Manenberg township South Africa by Elaine R. SaloRespectable Mothers, Tough Men and Good Daughters: Producing persons in Manenberg township South Africa by Elaine R. Salo

Respectable Mothers, Tough Men and Good Daughters: Producing persons in Manenberg township South…

byElaine R. Salo

Paperback | August 8, 2018

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The book examines how men and women in Manenberg township, on Cape Town’s inner periphery,  manoeuvre to re-define themselves as gendered persons deserving of dignity, through the quotidian practices of ordentlikheid or respectability. Salo shows how reclamation of dignity is an intergenerational and gendered process that is messy and uneven, involves the expression of often-brutal physical and social exclusion of individuals through embodied and social violence. Theoretically, the narrative makes visible the careful, painstaking processes of place making and claiming dignity by men and women in a place represented as a wasteland in the dominant discourse of grand apartheid and in the contemporary neo-liberal turn in Cape Town.

Elaine R. Salo, a feminist scholar and public intellectual, trained in anthropology at the University of Cape Town, completing her PhD at Emory University. She held positions at the University of the Western Cape, in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, from 1988 to 1999, moving to the University of Cape Town's African Gender ...
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Title:Respectable Mothers, Tough Men and Good Daughters: Producing persons in Manenberg township South…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:318 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:August 8, 2018Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9956550264

ISBN - 13:9789956550265

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Manenberg - An In-between Place with In-between People

Chapter 2: Making Race, Making Space: Locating Coloureds in South African History and Urban Planning

Chapter 3: Clearing the Wilderness: Defining Identity from Within

Chapter 4: Making Mothers, Producing Persons: The Gendered Ideology of Orality and Space in the Local Community

Chapter 5: Mans is ma soe: Men, Moeders and Ideologies of Masculinity

Chapter 6: Good Daughters: Incorporating young women into respectable personhood

Chapter 7: Taxi queens and glamorous gangsters: Emerging changes in Rio Street

Bibliography

Epilogue: A Tribute: Elaine Rosa Salo (1962-2016)

Editorial Reviews

‘Elaine Salo’s book compels anthropology to rethink its method as theory and theory as ethics. It foregrounds the practice of living fieldwork—“in which the field is home”— that defines her work and decades-long commitment to mentorship, care, and advocacy of “Others” that has reshaped the discipline.’ - Anne-Maria Makhulu, Duke University, USA‘The first to use the lens of respectability – ordentlikheid – in South African anthropology, Salo introduces us to the minutiae of quotidian life for those who self-define as unemployed and/or working class coloured men and women. Detailing the moral economy in Manenberg, she weaves locality, personhood (identity), respectability politics, hegemonic masculinity and intersectionality into an evocative text that resonates with authenticity and lucidity.’ - Joy Owen, University of the Free State, South Africa‘Salo shows how differentiated notions of personhood are formed and how mothers, men, and young women understand and shape their life opportunities through concepts of respectability, motherhood, toughness, and sexuality. This will be a highly influential book.’ - Corinne Kratz, Emory University, USA