Making whiteness work in South Africa: a translabour approach

Leonard, Pauline (2013) Making whiteness work in South Africa: a translabour approach. Women's Studies International Forum, 36, (Jan-Feb), 75-83. (doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2012.08.003).


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This paper compares the working lives of different generations of British expatriate women living in Johannesburg, South Africa. The city has strong and established transnational connections with Europe and consequently has a substantial population of white, highly skilled professionals who have come to take advantage of the benefits that South Africa has consistently delivered to whiteness. However, now nearly twenty years since the post-apartheid Government came into office, an important question to ask is how aims for racial equality are playing out in everyday life. This paper explores this question by drawing on new research evidence which looks at the changing labour market fortunes of British women migrants in South Africa. I argue that whilst the resources of whiteness/Britishness are becoming increasingly less certain, contemporary migrants may still draw upon their transnational advantages to maintain their expectations of cultural and economic privilege.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2012.08.003
ISSNs: 0277-5395 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Sociology & Social Policy
ePrint ID: 348466
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2013Published
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 11:22
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:42

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