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Madams and maids in Southern Africa: coping with uncertainties, and the art of mutual zombification


Nyamnjoh, Francis B.


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Abstract Drawing largely on a just completed empirical study this paper argues that like elsewhere in Africa & the world, maids in South Africa & Botswana, notably migrant maids from Zimbabwe, are subjected to the vicissitudes of ultra-exploitation. They, like their employers are all concerned with the uncertainties that plague their lives. Although employers are assumed to be in positions of power, their reality is often more nuanced & prone to constant negotiations with & concessions to maids. At one level, their own preoccupation with avoiding uncertainties by maintaining whatever advantages they can cultivate implies that vis-a-vis their maids, the employers cannot always afford to enjoy the benefits of being in control. Structural inequalities notwithstanding, mutual zombification seems to be the order of the day between maids & madams.
Thesaurusschlagwörter Southern Africa; Botswana; girl; domestic; working conditions; woman; employer; migrant; social relations
Klassifikation Allgemeine Soziologie, Makrosoziologie, spezielle Theorien und Schulen, Entwicklung und Geschichte der Soziologie; Migration; Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
Freie Schlagwörter South Africa; Domestics; Work Environment; Females; Employers; Migrants
Publikationsjahr 2005
Seitenangabe S. 181-196
Zeitschriftentitel Afrika Spectrum, 40 (2005) 2
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerz., Keine Bearbeitung