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Representation & Reality: Portraits of Women's Lives in the Western Cape 1948-1976 [Paperback]

Helen Scanlon

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January 1, 2008 0796921814 978-0796921819
Drawing on the personal narratives of women from across the political spectrum in the Western Cape, this book presents an unusual perspective on the recent history of South African women. Highlighting the experiences of individuals, this collection confronts the anonymity that shrouds so many women activists and provides a clear perspective on the motivations of women who chose political activism in the 1950s and 1960s. The women's narratives provide nuanced insights into the ways that issues of identity, race, class, and culture intersected with politics in their lives, and demonstrate the sometimes painful intersections of the public and personal realms.

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"In her vivid account of women's lives in the Western Cape in the 1950s and 1960s, Helen Scanlon opens up important new perspectives on gender and politics under apartheid. Her book should be read by anyone interested in our recent past."  —Christopher Saunders, professor, University of Cape Town

About the Author

Helen Scanlon is a senior researcher for the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town. She has published a number of scholarly articles on gender and history and is coeditor of A Dialogue of the Deaf: Essays on Africa and the United Nations.

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