CHATSWORTH, the making of a South African township

: [Desai (A.) & Vahed (G.) eds.]

R 485.00
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504 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Pietermaritzburg, 2013


A collection of essays on the history of the Indian township of Chatsworth, created by apartheid planners in 1960. Many of these articles are the result of research conducted as part of a three year project titled "Identity, Belonging and Place in Post-apartheid South Africa: a case study of Chatsworth", undertaken with a grant from the South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD).

Contributions include:
"A Private Island: gender and everyday struggle in political times" by Thembisa Waetjen
"Plessislaer, Cato Manor, Shallcross: a personal narrative" by Reshma Sookrajh
"Of Cabals, Butterflies and Detentions: extra-parliamentary resistance in the 1980s and its aftermath" by Goulam Vahed and Ashwin Desai
"Construction of Masculinities among schoolboys: a case study of the Sunford Technical High School" by Vilay Hamlall
"From the Dirty Dozen to the Dre Boys: gangs of Chatsworth" by Ashwin Desai
"Forced Integration? a Chatsworth shack settlement" by Shannon Walsh
"Meeting Shiva, Vishnu and the Mother Goddesses" by Ulricke Schroder
"'Our Indian Polices are Bought Off': Chatsworth's men in blue speak back" by Goolam Vahed
"The Story of Abbas Khan: a Mawlana from Croftdene" by Sultan Khan
"Kicking Back: soccer in Chatsworth" by Logan D.Naidoo.

Ashwin Desai is a professor at the Centre for Sociological Research, University of Johannesburg. His other publications include "Reading Revolution: Shakespeare on Robben Island", "Inside Indian Indenture: a South African story, 1860-1914", co-written with Goolam Vahed, and "The Poors of Chatsworth".
Goolam Vahed is an associate professor of history at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His previous works include "Ahmed Deedat: the man and his mission", "Gender, Modernity and Indian Delights: the Women's Cultural Group of Durban, 1954-2010", co-written with Thembisa Waetjen", and "Many Lives: 150 years of being Indian in South Africa", co-written with Ashwin Desai and Thembisa Waetjen.