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: Bank (L.J.)

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276 pp., map, illus., paperback, London & Johannesburg, 2011.


Leslie Bank revisits and updates the classic anthropological work of Philip and Iona Mayer and their colleagues (the "Xhosa in Town" project) on the social and cultural consequences of urbanisation, conducted in East London's African neighbourhoods during the 1950s, in order to assess how the social and political changes in South Africa have transformed these areas.

"This is a splendid work of scholarship which makes a major ethnographic contribution while advancing challenging theoretical arguments." Professor James Ferguson, Stanford University

Leslie Bank is Professor and Director at the Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research.