Margaretten Documents Struggles of Tanzanian Women in South Africa

Assistant Professor Molly MargarettenMolly Margaretten, Ripon College Assistant Professor of Anthropology, wrote an article that recently appeared in a South African weekly newspaper, the Mail & Guardian. The article was published in short form as “Making hairdo: Paucity and proverbs in Durban” in the Mail & Guardian newspaper and in its entirety as “I Get Money, Now I Get Trouble: Tanzanian Women in Durban” in part of an e-book titled: Writing Invisibility: Conversations on the Hidden City.

Margaretten spent the Fall of 2012 as director and visiting faculty member of the ACM program in Tanzania, which focused on “Ecology and Human Origins.” In her writing for the Mail & Guardian, she profiles two beauty salons run by Tanzanian women in Durban and tells the story of the cross-cultural exchanges, struggles, and successes they encounter in South Africa.

The publication is part of a larger collaboration between the Mail & Guardian, the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for Migration and Society, and the Max Planck Institute. According to Margaretten, “One of the goals of the publication is to highlight the linkages between the social sciences and narrative non-fiction — making this type of writing accessible to an academic and a popular reading audience.”

The newspaper article is available online: HERE

The entire e-book can be downloaded for free from the Mail & Guardian website by clicking here.


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