HOSTELS IN SOUTH AFRICA, spaces of perplexity

: Xulu-Gama (N.)

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251pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017


Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama's study of the transformation of KwaMashu Hostel in Durban from a single-sex men's hostel to family accommodation in community residential units.

"'Hostels in South Africa' is a path-breaking ethnography of hostel life that shows the profound importance of understanding the urban and rural as connected spaces. Bringing the voice of residents to the fore in a place originally built for single men, the author skilfully shows how men and women navigate gender, love, violence, the state and economic insecurity - all the time reworking one of apartheid's most notorious spaces." Mark Hunter, author of "Love in the Time of AIDS" inequality, gender and rights in South Africa"

Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama is a researcher at the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology and a senior lecturer in General Education. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is currently Deputy Chairperson for the South African Sociological Association.