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Song WalkingWomen, Music, and Environmental Justice in an African Borderland$
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Angela Impey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226537962

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226538150.001.0001

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New Routes In and Out, Eziphosheni

New Routes In and Out, Eziphosheni

(p.116) Five New Routes In and Out, Eziphosheni
Song Walking

Angela Impey

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Five comprises a walk with the women in Eziphosheni, a ward in western Maputaland that is located nearer to arterial roads and commercial outlets than Usuthu Gorge. Drawing on songs and associated narratives, it reflects on the impact of white commercial expansion on local agri-livelihoods, the recruitment of husbands and male relatives into the migrant labor system and the consequent refashioning of the landscape as a bounded, racialized and deeply gendered space. The songs shaped by these experiences bear witness to familial fragmentation caused by economic change, and to the many pressures placed on women’s labor due to rising levels of domestic poverty.

Keywords:   apartheid, migrant labor, domestic poverty, songs as resistance

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