275pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, New York, 2022
A study of Hillbrow, a neighbourhood in Johannesburg, and its transformation from a white suburb under apartheid into a “grey zone” during the 1970s and 1980s to become a “port of entry” for people from at least twenty-five African countries.
"The Roads to Hillbrow is a joyous ride through the past and legacy of this amazing Johannesburg neighborhood. Tracking the historical origin and important milestones of Hillbrow, the book traces some of the remarkable (and colorful) people and events that have characterized this fascinating and often misunderstood area of Johannesburg. Giving insights into the various communities that have inhabited this space and made it their own from the struggle movements during apartheid to the LGBTQ+ communities and now more recently home to migrants from across Africa, The Roads to Hillbrow is a thrilling journey of discovery and exploration." Dr Margot Rubin, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, and editor of Densifying the City? Global cases and Johannesburg
Ron Nerio is a research programs director at the Central Office of the City University of New York and Adjunct Lecturer of Sociology at Fordham University.
Jean Halley is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island CUNY. She is the author of five books, including Horse Crazy: Girls and the lives of horses.