publication . Article . 2017

Cinemagoing in District Six, Cape Town, 1920s to 1960s: History, politics, memory

Maingard, Jacqueline;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017 Journal: Memory Studies, volume 10, pages 17-34 (issn: 1750-6980, eissn: 1750-6999, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
<jats:p> Drawing on recorded and transcribed life history interviews conducted during the 1980s and 2000s, this article discusses the cinemagoing experiences of District Six residents in Cape Town from the 1920s to the 1960s, before the South African apartheid government began, from 1966, to demolish District Six. Cinemagoing was the chief leisure-time activity in District Six in these years, and when recollections of cinemagoing in the interviews are analysed as discourses of memory, three key themes emerge – cinema and place; cinema, culture, and identity; and films, film shows, and stars – with residents’ remembered experiences revealing the peculiarities of ...
free text keywords: Cinemagoing, Bioscope, District Six, Apartheid, Cinema citizens, Cinema memory, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Cultural Studies, Social Psychology, Gender studies, Cape, Politics, Anthropology, History, Life history
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