A LONG WAY HOME, migrant worker worlds 1800-2014

: Delius (P.), Phillips (L.) & Rankin-Smith (F.) eds.

R 616.00
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280 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014


A guide to "the history and material artefacts emanating from migrant life in South Africa...This book was conceived during the plannning of an art exhibition entitled 'Ngezinyawo - migrant journeys' at the Wits Art Museum". from the inside front cover

Essays include:
"The Art of Those Left Behind: women, beadwork and bodies" by Anitra Nettleton
"Verwoerd's Oxen: performing labour migrancy in southern Africa" by David Coplan
"'Give My Regards to Everyone at Home Including Those I No Longer Remember: the journey of Tito Zungu's envelopes" by Julia Charlton
"'The Chinese Experiment': images from the expansion of South Africa's 'labour empire'" by Fiona Rankin-Smith, Peter Delius and Laura Phillips.

Also includes over ninety artworks and photographs that reflect the daily life, customs and traditions and migrants and their families, with work by Simon Stone, Ernest Cole, William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Penny Siopis, Constance Stuart-Larabee, David Coplan, Mary Sibande and Julius Mfethe.

"This rich and visually appealing collection brings together some of the most compelling scholarship on the history of labour migrancy in South Africa and does so across the boundaries of time, space and academic disciplines." Saul Dubow, Professor of African History, Queen Mary, University of London

Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Laura Phillips is a researcher at the Public Affairs Research Institute, affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand.
Fiona Rankin-Smith is special projects curator at the Wits Art Museum.