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Ikitchini : the hidden side of women's labour

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dc.contributor.author Abrams M en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:26Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:26Z
dc.date.created 1988 en
dc.date.submitted 1988 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53644
dc.description.abstract Examines an area of South African historiography which has largely been ignored, that is, domestic labour. The study posits a relationship between working class women and domestic labour. The material has been arranged around the primary objective of examining the silence around domestic labour and highlighting the gender content of domestic work. The first part examines the conceptualisation of class and gender struggles, while the second examines aspects of working class women's experience of this. The study deals with why women have been ignored in recorded history, Marxist approaches to the Woman Question are analysed. Attention is paid to the silence around women's experience in South African historiography, while there is a critical examination of the recorded history of domestic workers. The study looks at aspects of black working class women's experience of domestic labour in their own families, and documents the experience of a group of organised workers in Cape Town. The study concludes that the way forward is to develop a gender sensitive class analysis as outlined in the work of Lise Vogel. This will open up new areas for research, for example, the rise of the public and private dichotomy, the separation of productive and reproductive labour, the ideology of motherhood and sexuality as well as the changing nature of the social construction of gender identity. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject History en
dc.subject South Africa - Economic and industrial development en
dc.subject 009 Economics en
dc.title Ikitchini : the hidden side of women's labour en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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