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oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Apartheid in the food : an overview of the diverse social meanings attached to food and its consumption within South African prisons during the colonial and apartheid periods (part one)

 

Abstract

Eating is an activity which is suffused with social meaning, and this is particularly so when it comes to eating in prison. The focus of this article is on the diverse social meanings attached to food and its consumption within South African prisons during the colonial and apartheid periods. On the one hand, food and its consumption was tied up with the assertion of power, dominance and control on the part of the prison authorities. On the other hand, it was linked to resistance and the assertion of solidarity and identity on the part of the inmates. The twisted logic of racial segregation and apartheid may be seen as having permeated the food which inmates were allowed to consume within the South African prisons during the colonial and apartheid periods. The manner in which food played its part in the struggle for liberation within South Africa's apartheid penal system, by means of hunger strikes and other food-related activities, has a flavour all of its own.

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2010-01-01
2016-12-05
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