FEATURING - Imperial Ghetto: Ways of Seeing in a South African City by Omar Badsha

Posted on May 31, 2021

The Special Collections Book of the Week this week is:

Imperial Ghetto: Ways of Seeing in a South African City by Omar Badsha

This book is about memory, racial spaces and life in a ghetto in the turbulent 1980s, when the threat of prison, exile and death stared at us and our children, as they confronted the white ruling class and its black collaborators in our streets. The photographs are about moments, which speak of history, spaces and the rituals that rulers, collaborators and subjects played out in front of the camera and its biased gaze. The pictures are about growing up in the shadow of the 1949 race riots and the heroic efforts of the Dadoo’s, Naicker’s and the hundreds of socialist and the congress activists, to overturn the legacy of the Ghandi’s Indianness and to forge an inclusive Africanness.

Access: UnivofPretoria.on.worldcat.org/oclc/48975709

This book is available at Special Collections, housed on level 5 of the Merensky 2 Library, and is part of our Africana (ZA) Collection.

The Special Collections unit of the Department of Library Services plays a stewardship role in the acquisition and preservation of the Library's rare and valuable information resources, making them accessible to students, staff and researchers, as well as safeguarding them for future generations.

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