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Caroline Wanjiku Kihato

Migrant Women of Johannesburg

Everyday Life in an In-Between City

Palgrave Macmillan 2013

New Books in African StudiesNew Books in AnthropologyNew Books in Gender StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in SociologyNew Books Network December 2, 2019 Susan Thomson

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato‘s Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Everyday Life in an In-Between City (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) is a book about home and not-home, eloquently...

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato‘s Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Everyday Life in an In-Between City (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) is a book about home and not-home, eloquently told about the hopes and dreams, fears and hardships of migrant women trying to make life and livelihoods in inner city Johannesburg. The result is an honest, raw and poignant ethnography of life “in-between” home and away, urban and rural, local and global, of what mobility means to those who seek the security of home in an unwelcoming place.


Susan Thomson is associate professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University.