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Low-income housing in South Africa

Thursday 6 December 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

For whom?

All Leiden University students and staff members are welcome!


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The life history of public, low-income housing in South Africa as moral economy

The subject of this research seminar is urban public housing or, better put, state-built, low income housing. South Africa has a long history of public housing going back a century. The scale is huge and it continues to be expanding on a very large scale. In a general way, this has been a response to the needs of urbanisation in a context where ‘low skill’ wages were/are extremely low and urbanisation an ongoing social and demographic problem. As a result, ‘the market’ has been unable to deliver more than a fraction of what is needed according to the basic requirements of social reproduction.

About Bill Freund

Bill Freund is Professor of Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has studied urban history in Africa and the economic role of urban areas on the Continent, the developmental State and the economic history of Africa. Among his most renowned publications, there are historical studies on urbanization in Africa and its economic consequences. He is the author of many books, including The African Worker (Cambridge University Press, 1995), and The African city: a History (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

The Seminar will be followed by drinks.

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