By Meredeth Turshen (eds.)
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The hope is that the notion will better elucidate the impacts of neoliberalism on the lives of black women in working communities in particular. Black working class and rural women across the region have been most affected by the reinvention and persistence of exceptionalism as an ideological prop for continuing white and ruling class privilege. Reinventing Exceptionalism in the Moment of South African Independence Interestingly, a decade and a half later, the new South Africa, which had insisted on presenting itself rhetorically and otherwise as the exception to the inevitable malaise associated with black rule (Lazarus 2004) across the region and continent, has in fact arrived at the crisis of neocolonialism even sooner than the countries that acquired independence prior to 1994.
Conceptualizing Domestic Service This section draws on some of the debate surrounding the nature of domestic labor under capitalism in order to provide a framework within which we can conceptualize domestic service. It is not, however, our intention to review the debate itself, but only to draw out from certain of its assumptions and analyses useful lines of argument for a discussion of domestic service. DOMESTIC WORKERS IN SOUTH AFRICA 41 The domestic labor debate represented an attempt by Marxist feminists in the United States and Europe to provide a materialist analysis of the subordinate position of women under capitalism.
Throughout the apartheid years, those at the helm of the racist regime in that country insisted—in the media and through reactionary international relations discourses and practices—that Africans living within the borders of South Africa were “better off” and “more civilized” than those black barbarians to the north of the Limpopo. These supremacist claims were backed up by military incursions that unleashed terror and destruction across the societies of the region for several decades (Mandaza 1987).
African Women: A Political Ecomony by Meredeth Turshen (eds.)