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Racial remains in a company town? Iscor houses and the appearance of race in contemporary Newcastle

Peens M. (2012)


This article developed out of a qualitative study of the lives of four white working-class families in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. It focuses on how race appears in the built environment - rather than being consciously 'thought' - and how, for these families, racism is tied to the loss of place. For them, the experience of living in a house that once promised security and has now become a site of insecurity produces a specific kind of alienation and a racial consciousness which is subtly different from the 'white talk' described by Steyn (2001) in analysing white South African discourse. © 2012 Copyright South African Sociological Association.

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