This book is essentially about stereotypes as found in the literature and culture of South Africa. It deals specifically with those people referred to in the South African racial legislation as ‘coloureds’. The book is also an illustration of the way in which stereotypes function as a means of social control and repression.

First published in 1981. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

chapter |11 pages


Not a race of slaves 1

chapter 1|28 pages

Untroubled things 1

chapter 2|12 pages

You taught me language 1

chapter 3|19 pages

Smelling strangeness 1

chapter 4|9 pages

Little sorrow sits and weeps 1

chapter 5|9 pages

Sons of Hagar 1

chapter 6|11 pages

A voice in the wilderness 1

chapter 7|18 pages

My brother’s keeper 1

chapter 8|29 pages

The poor are unthinkable 1

chapter 9|16 pages

New tenants of memory 1