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Eating from one pot : Eating From One Pot the dynamics of survival in poor South African households

Title
Eating from one pot : Eating From One Pot the dynamics of survival in poor South African households / Sarah Mosoetsa.
Author
Mosoetsa, Sarah. Mosoetsa, Sarah
Publication
Johannesburg : Wits University Press, Transaction Pub 2011. 2011/11/27

Details

Description
xiv, 178 p. : ill., maps; 22 cm.
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-170) and index.
ISBN
  • 1868145336 : PAP
  • 9781868145331
LCCN
2011497001
Author
Mosoetsa, Sarah. Mosoetsa, Sarah
Title
Eating from one pot : Eating From One Pot the dynamics of survival in poor South African households / Sarah Mosoetsa.
Imprint
Johannesburg : Wits University Press, Transaction Pub 2011. 2011/11/27
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-170) and index.
Summary
"As poverty and unemployment deepen in contemporary South Africa, the burning question becomes, how do the poor survive? This book provides a compelling answer. Based on intensive fieldwork, it shows how many African households are on the brink of collapse. That they keep going at all can largely be attributed to the struggles of older women against poverty. They are the fulcrum on which household survival turns. This book describes how households in two different areas in KwaZulu-Natal are sites of bothstability and conflict. As one of the interviewees put it: "We eat from one pot and should always help each other." Yet the stability of family networks is becoming fragile because of the enormous burden placed on them by unemployment and unequal power relations. Many of the households are extremely poor, relying on a total monthly income of less than R800. People live on little more than maize meal, tea and sugar. However, the book also demonstrates that they are not passive victims of poverty. Women, in particular, show impressive qualities of energy and resourcefulness. They engage in a number of informal sector activities, and many are active in a range of faith, and community and home-based care associations"--Publisher's website.
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