Building the Homestead: Agriculture, Labour and Beer in South Africa's Transkei

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An ethnography of consumption and work, this volume examines the bond between beer drinking and co-operative agricultural labour among the Xhosa-speaking people in South Africa's Transkei region. It analyzes the underlying social, moral and religious principles on which both labour and beer drinking are based, and the historical and socio-political contexts in which their connection developed. This bond is encapsulated in the vernacular phrase ukwakh' umzi, "building the homestead". Broadening its scope, the volume also ...

Building the Homestead: Agriculture, Labour and Beer in South Africa's Transkei 2001, Ashgate Publishing Limited

ISBN-13: 9780754618454

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