Book extract: From slaves to servants in ‘Like Family’

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Book extract: From slaves to servants in ‘Like Family’

Domestic worker relations in South Africa were shaped by the institution of slavery at the Cape in 1658

Ena Jansen

In Like Family: Domestic Workers in South African History and Literature (Wits University Press), author Ena Jansen shows that domestic worker relations in SA were shaped by the institution of slavery in the Cape. This established social hierarchies and patterns of behaviour and interaction that persist to the present day, and are still evident in the predicament of black female domestic workers. In this edited extract of chapter 11, Jansen examines the representation of domestic workers in a diverse range of texts in English and Afrikaans.

Domestic workers in post-apartheid novels by black authors

Damn, and I thought madamhood was going to be easy.                                           Zukiswa Wanner — The Madams (2006)..

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