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The Victoria Mxenge Housing Project : Women building communities through social activism and informal learning

Author: Salma Ismail
Publisher: Cape Town, South Africa : UCT Press, 2015.
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"At the beginning of South Africa's democratic change, in 1994, the Victoria Mxenge Housing Project was founded by a group of 12 women who lived in shacks on the barren outskirts of Cape Town. These women had come from rural areas and were poor, vulnerable and semi-literate. Yet they learned how to build, negotiate with the government and NGOs, architects and building experts, and form alliances with homeless social  Read more...
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Ismail, Salma
Victoria Mxenge Housing Project : Women Building Communities Through Social Activism and Informal Learning
Claremont : University of Cape Town Press,c2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Salma Ismail
ISBN: 9781775821687 1775821684 9781485115632 1485115639
OCLC Number: 908252736
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Front cover; Title page; Imprint page; Contents; Dedication; Acknowledgements; About the author; List of figures; Acronyms and abbreviations; Statutes and cases; Terminology; Contexts; Map of Cape Town; Introduction; Chapter 1: Setting the contexts; Land and informal settlements; The origins of the housing movement; The organisational context; The People's Dialogue; The state and broader context; Chapter 2: Radical adult education in development; Popular Education and development; Why a women's organisation? Chapter 3: 'We build houses, people and communities' Phase one: Building houses and communities (1992-1998)Learning to save; Doing a community survey; Accessing the housing subsidy; Allocating plots; Design, plan and cost; Measuring and costing a house; Constructing houses; The VM celebrates its achievements; The benefits of building a home; Democratic and participatory forms of learning; Organisation skills and project management; Building trust and accountability; Problem-solving through dialogue; Learning political skills; Learning to negotiate; Socially responsive building The outcomes of teaching and learningChallenging ownership; Challenging power relations; Self-confidence; Chapter 4: 'Spreading the word' Phase two: Leading a social movement (1998-2001); Leadership; Spreading the ideology; A people's pedagogy; Building a social movement; Community surveys; Mobilising through education; Mass meetings and model-house displays; Negotiating for land and housing subsidies; Chapter 5: 'Leaders becoming bosses' Phase three: Becoming service providers (2001-2003); Institutional changes; Cracks in the system; Ideological differences in the leadership Discontent with the leadersRestructuring the Federation; A shift in attitude; Changing methods of teaching and learning; From facilitation to persuasion; Learning in the collective; Questioning strategies of participation and dialogue; Impact on learning; Chapter 6: Learning through Popular Education in a social movement; The failure of state policies; Shifts in the People's Dialogue and Victoria Mxenge; Philosophy and vision; Critical engagement with the state; The outcome of partnership with the state; Changed roles of the PD and the VM women; Weaknesses in the development model Conceptualisations of women's agencyThe impact of changing context on pedagogy; Pedagogy of the Alliance; Learning from adult education principles; Building a social movement; Can Popular Education drive social change?; The impact of learning on the VM women; Chapter 7: 'A new vision' The challenge of independence (2003-2012); Organisational context; The state and broader context; A new vision; Learning to save and build; Reflections; References; Appendix A: Short biographies on the VM women and people interviewed; Index
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