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Unbound by Theory and Naming: Survival Feminism and the Women of the South African Victoria Mxenge Housing and Development Association

60 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2011 Last revised: 2 Jun 2011

Becky L. Jacobs

University of Tennessee College of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

The emergence of a uniquely African formulation of feminism is one of the most energizing developments in feminist theory and discourse in recent history. As African women confront unprecedented economic and political challenges, they also are questioning, and, in some instances, redefining, individual and societal orthodoxies of gender and family roles. This Article will examine the discourse on African feminism and will consider the practical utility of feminist theory in the context of one extraordinary group of South African women, the members of the Victoria Mxenge Housing and Development Association. The discussion will review the historical context in which the Association evolved, will reflect upon a few of the impediments that its members confronted, and will contemplate the challenges and possibilities that these women continue to encounter.

Keywords: South Africa, feminism, gender

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, Becky L., Unbound by Theory and Naming: Survival Feminism and the Women of the South African Victoria Mxenge Housing and Development Association (December 1, 2009). Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, Vol. 26, No. 19, 2011; University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 151. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1816575 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1816575

Becky Jacobs (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee College of Law ( email )

1505 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

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