Accepted paper:

Between Umzi and the Ndlu: house and homestead in the former Transkei

Authors:

Leslie Bank (Human Sciences Research Council)

Paper short abstract:

The paper explores the meanings of house and homestead in the former Transkei homeland in a context of dramatic social change in South Africa. The paper refletcs on the ways in which anthropologists have understood the homestead and the house in this area and how relevant these understandings remain today in a context rapid out-migration,HIV and Aids and welfare dependence in rural areas. Why do rural homesteads still matter?

Paper long abstract:

The paper explores the meanings of house and homestead in the former Transkei homeland in a context of dramatic social change in South Africa. The paper refletcs on the ways in which anthropologists have understood the homestead and the house in this area and how relevant these understandings remain today in a context rapid out-migration,HIV and Aids and welfare dependence in rural areas. Why do rural homesteads still matter?

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Home, lands and homelands in post-apartheid South Africa (EN)