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

Title
Eating from one pot : the dynamics of survival in poor South African households / Sarah Mosoetsa.
Author
Mosoetsa, Sarah.
Publication
Johannesburg : Wits University Press, 2011.

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Description
xiv, 178 p. : ill., maps; 22 cm
Alternative Title
Dynamics of survival in poor South African households
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-170) and index.
Contents
Introduction ---- 1. 'Sharing the little I have with my family' : the allocative rules of household resources and income --- 2. 'My wife does not respect me anymore' : unequal power dynamics in households --- 3. 'I remain an ANC member, but...' : civil society in Mpumalanga and Enhlalakahle --- 4. Theoretical and policy implications ---- Conclusion : poor households are fragile sites of stability.
Call Number
Sc D 14-915
ISBN
  • 9781868145331 (pbk.)
  • 1868145336 (pbk.)
LCCN
2011497001
OCLC
730412468
Author
Mosoetsa, Sarah.
Title
Eating from one pot : the dynamics of survival in poor South African households / Sarah Mosoetsa.
Imprint
Johannesburg : Wits University Press, 2011.
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 both stability 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.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-170) and index.
Added Title
Dynamics of survival in poor South African households
Research Call Number
Sc D 14-915
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