Power, identity and agency at work in the popular economies of Soweto and Black Johannesburg.

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dc.contributor.author Krige, Paul Friedrich Detlev
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T11:09:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-21T11:09:52Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/10143
dc.description DPhil, School of Social Sciences, Dept of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates a number of economic and financial practices, processes, relationships, actors and institutions prevalent in the residential areas that form part of Johannesburg that is known as Soweto, all of which have in common the exchange, hoarding, spending and risking of cash money. It describes actual flows of monies between actors and through popular economic institutions which are embedded in social relations of friendship and kinship, neighbourhood life and socially constructed identities. Building on the anthropological literature that seeks to show how money flows carry meaning as well as having function, it inquires into the meanings such flows of money - between popular institutions and social groups and across social classes - have for a range of differently situated participants in the popular economies. It explores the ways in which institutions and practices within the popular economies are deployed by actors and groups so as to direct flows of monies into certain social networks and relationships while redirecting it away from others, highlighting the agency of actors and groups in relation to their position in the local and larger political economy. Employing elements of practice theory, as well as perspectives from both political economy and cultural economy approaches to everyday life, the thesis offers arguments about power, identity, agency and state sovereignty in the context of the history of Black Johannesburg under apartheid and makes a contribution to our understanding of the material and symbolic structures of everyday life in contemporary Soweto and Johannesburg. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject popular economies en_US
dc.subject finance en_US
dc.subject saving en_US
dc.subject money lending en_US
dc.subject gambling en_US
dc.subject consumption en_US
dc.subject everyday life en_US
dc.subject Soweto en_US
dc.subject Black Johannesburg en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject power en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject agency en_US
dc.subject urban anthropology en_US
dc.title Power, identity and agency at work in the popular economies of Soweto and Black Johannesburg. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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