Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer, Political Science, University of Pretoria

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2017
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch
Clothing and becoming Muslim in post-apartheid Johannesburg: the politics of middle class women’s distinction

Post-apartheid South Africa has seen significant socio-political and socioeconomic shifts in the country. In making sense of the shifts, one claim has been that racial difference has given way to class distinctions, the latter being the new differentiator in society. My project seeks to explore the intersections and complexities between race and class within one particular religious community/ social group in the city of Johannesburg. Through reading the lives of upwardly mobile Indian Muslim women in a rapidly changing city, these individual lives, each of which tells a story of grappling with, negotiating, re-fashioning and re-constituting the self in a shifting world, I am able to read the shifting limits and redrawn lines of 'community' to which these middle class women belong. I am able too to reflect back onto how race/class, gender and religiosity intersect and how social change is being produced through the re-constitution of these.