Hostels Sexuality And Apartheid Legacy: Malevolent Geographies by Glen S. Elder
eBook Title: Hostels Sexuality And Apartheid Legacy: Malevolent Geographies
Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2003)
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences
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In the last decade, the South African state has been transformed dramatically, but the stubborn, menacing geography of apartheid still stands in the way of that country's visions of change. Environmentally degraded old homelands still scar the rural geography. Formerly segregated, now gated, neighborhoods still inhibit free movement. Hostels, Sexuality, and the Apartheid Legacy is a study of another such space, the converted "male" migrant worker hostel.
Hostels, known to be sites of public and domestic violence and literal destruction and rebuilding, have also become home to increasing numbers of "invisible" female residents. Finding that one way to understand hostel space is through women's experiences, Elder interviewed thirty black migrant women living in an East Rand hostel to map the everyday geographies of South Africa's time of change.
By following the lives of these women, Elder identifies spatialized forms of marginalization, impoverishment, infection, and disempowerment. He argues that the gendered geography of the migrant labor system developed in South Africa was premised upon sexual assumptions about men, women, and their bodies. Feminist and queer analyses of space, as well as the women's own survival strategies, may provide signposts to the way out of apartheid's malevolent geography.