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The moral geographies of mothers in greater Johannesburg

When: Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Seminar Room, 1st Floor, John Moffat Building
Start time:16:00

Dr Alexandra Parker from the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) and Dr Margot Rubin from Wits will present this seminar.

There is a rich mine of literature on spatial exclusions due to race, in South African cities, however few studies have focused on the gendered spatial experiences of women and more particularly, mothers.

This seminar based on research from the GCRO explores the spatial dynamics of mothers in Johannesburg: how mothers navigate their and their families’ daily lives; the challenges that they face; their routes, supports and efforts that typify their lives.

The research shows that the spatial injustices of the past and new inequalities impact the everyday movements and practices of women. In addition, these spatial practices are influenced by a form of moral geography, which result in compromises and sacrifices for both mother and child. Exploring the spatial geographies of the mothers provides valuable insights and exposes the depth of spatial inequalities and poor urban management in new ways.


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