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Childhood: an Anthropological study of itinerancy and domestic fluidity amongst the Karretjie people of the South African Karoo.

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dc.contributor.advisor De Jongh, M. (Michael), 1943-
dc.contributor.author Steyn, Sarah Adriana
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-02T08:58:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-02T08:58:11Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4065
dc.description.abstract The Karretjie People, or Cart People are a peripatetic community and are descendants of the KhoeKhoen and San, the earliest inhabitants of the Karoo region in South Africa. As a landless and disempowered community they are dependent upon others for food and other basic necessities specifically, and other resources generally. Compared to children in South Africa generally, the Karretjie children are in every sense of the most severely deprived. Their fathers are by and large sheep-shearers, often their only specialised skill, and which is primarily required only on demand and on an irregular and/or seasonal basis. The children’s mothers as keepers of the karretjie (cart) overnight shack, with other adult caretakers, are without predictable income for most of the year. The service that the adult men deliver to the farming community necessitates continuous spatial mobility and is made possible by a cart and donkeys, which also enable them to adapt to changing circumstances. High levels of spatial mobility as well as economic demands on individual domestic units result in inventive utilisation of scarce resources and entails, amongst others, in children oscillating between different karretjie (cart) units. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xxi, 312, xxii-lxiii leaves.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Anthropology en
dc.subject Karretjie People en
dc.subject South African Karoo en
dc.subject Childhood studies en
dc.subject Peripatetic communities en
dc.subject Domestic fluidity en
dc.subject Spatial mobility en
dc.subject Socialisation en
dc.subject Informal education en
dc.subject Formal education en
dc.subject.ddc 305.800968713
dc.subject.lcsh Colored people (South Africa) -- South Africa -- Karoo
dc.subject.lcsh Colored people (South Africa) -- South Africa -- Karoo -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Nomads -- South Africa -- Karoo
dc.subject.lcsh Nomads -- South Africa -- Karoo -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Group identity -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Karoo (South Africa) -- Social life and customs
dc.title Childhood: an Anthropological study of itinerancy and domestic fluidity amongst the Karretjie people of the South African Karoo. en
dc.type Thesis en


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