Anti-social bandits culture resistance and the Tsotsi subculture on the Witwatersrand during the 1940s and 1950s

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dc.contributor.author Glaser, Clive
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-16T12:11:39Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-16T12:11:39Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8714
dc.description African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented September, 1990 en_US
dc.description.abstract Witwatersrand during the 1940s and 1950s never involved themselves in "politics". Because they were almost by definition unemployed they were also marginal to the struggle between capital and labour. A study of the tsotsi subculture is therefore in danger of becoming politically irrelevant, a colourful sociological study detached from broader social power struggles. This paper attempts to offset this danger from the outset by broadening the definition of "political" to embrace culture and ideology. I will place the tsotsi subculture within the context of the struggle for cultural hegemony in South Africa. Not only did the tsotsi subculture occupy a significant niche within the cultural fabric of urban South Africa, but, I will argue, it represented a powerful counter-force to the cultural hegemonic status quo. (1) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Studies Institute;ISS 160
dc.subject Urban youth. South Africa. Witwatersrand. Social conditions en_US
dc.subject Gangs. South Africa. Witwatersrand en_US
dc.subject Gangs. Political activity. South Africa. Witwatersrand en_US
dc.title Anti-social bandits culture resistance and the Tsotsi subculture on the Witwatersrand during the 1940s and 1950s en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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