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Title Reflections on identity in four African cities / edited by Simon Bekker & Anne Leilde.
Imprint [Stellenbosch] : African Minds, 2006.

Subject Group identity -- Africa.
Group identity -- South Africa.
Nationalism -- Africa.
Nationalism -- South Africa.
South Africa -- Social life and customs.
Africa -- Civilization.
Alt Name Bekker, S. B.
Leilde, Anne.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 248 pages) : illustrations, maps
Note "This book arose out of an international three-year collaborative programme launched in 2001 and funded by South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) and France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)"--Pref. and acknowledgements
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-241) and index.
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Contents Cover -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Contents -- Preface and acknowledgements -- Chapter 1 -- Introduction -- PART 1: Social Identity: Construction, Research and Analysis -- Chapter 2 -- Identity studies in Africa -- PART 2: Profiles of Four Cities -- Chapter 3 -- Demographic profiles of Cape Town and Johannesburg -- Chapter 4 -- Demographic profiles of Libreville and LomA -- PART 3: Space and Identity -- Chapter 5 -- Space and identity -- Chapter 6 -- Domestic workers, job access and work identities in Cape Town and Johannesburg
Chapter 7 -- When shacks aina?t chic!PART 4: Class, Race, Language and Identity -- Chapter 8 -- Discourses on a changing urban environment -- Chapter 9 -- Class, race and language in Cape Town and Johannesburg -- Chapter 10 -- The importance of language identities to black residents of Cape Town and Johannesburg -- Chapter 11 -- The importance of language identities in LomA and Libreville -- PART 5: The African Continent -- Chapter 12 -- What is an African? -- References -- List of contributors -- Index -- Back cover
Summary Identity has become the watchword of our times. In sub-Saharan Africa, this certainly appears to be true and for particular reasons. Africa is urbanizing rapidly, cross-border migration streams are swelling and globalizing influences sweep across the continent. Africa is also facing up to the challenge of nurturing emergent democracies in which citizens often feel torn between older traditional and newer national loyalties. Accordingly, collective identities are deeply colored by recent urban as well as international experience and are squarely located within identity politics where reconciliation is required between state nation-building strategies and sub-national affiliations. They are also fundamentally shaped by the growing inequality and the poverty found on this continent. These themes are explored by an international set of scholars in two South African and two Francophone cities. The relative importance to urban residents of race, class and ethnicity but also of work, space and language are compared in these cities. This volume also includes a chapter investigating the emergence of a continental African identity. A recent report of the Office of the South African President claims that a strong national identity is emerging among its citizens, and that race and ethnicity are waning whilst a class identity is in the ascendance. The evidence and analyses within this volume serve to gauge the extent to which such claims ring true, in what everyone knows is a much more complex and shifting terrain of shared meanings than can ever be captured by such generalizations.
Note English.
ISBN 9781920355876 (electronic bk.)
1920355871 (electronic bk.)
9781920355852 (Ebrary)
9781920355869 (MyiLibrary)
OCLC # 768119679
Additional Format Print version: Reflections on identity in four African cities. [Stellenbosch] : African Minds, 2006 1920051406 (OCoLC)83579946

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