Institute of Social Anthropology
Seminar Room (second floor), Münsterplatz 19
Cities of Entanglements. Johannesburg and Maputo through Ethnographic Comparison
How do people live together in cities shaped by inequality?
This was the key question guiding Barbara Heer on the journey of her PhD project (2010-2015) at the Institute of Social Anthropology. Her dissertation appears now in September 2019 in monograph format with Transcript.
This comparative ethnography set in Maputo and Johannesburg aims to present a new narrative about social life in cities often described as sharply divided. Based on the ethnography of entangled lives unfolding in a township and in a suburb in Johannesburg, in a bairro and in an elite neighborhood in Maputo, the book includes case studies of relations between domestic workers and their employers, failed attempts by urban elites to close off their neighborhoods, and entanglements emerging in religious spaces and in shopping malls. Systematizing comparison as an experience-based method, the book makes an important contribution to urban anthropology, comparative urbanism and urban studies.
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