Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9780226398334 Published September 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226398358 Published September 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Gangs, Politics and Dignity in Cape Town

Steffen Jensen

Steffen Jensen

240 pages | 15 halftones, 5 maps, 1 figure | 6 x 9 | © 2008
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9780226398334 Published September 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226398358 Published September 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

After nearly fifty years of rigid segregation, the demise of the apartheid regime in South Africa and the African National Congress’s relatively peaceful assumption of power in 1994 were hailed as a miracle. But a few years into the transition, this miracle appeared increasingly threatened by crime and violence. In this compelling ethnography, Steffen Jensen focuses on a single township in Cape Town in order to explore how residents have negotiated the intersecting forces of political change and violent crime.

Jensen spent years closely observing the actions of residents both male and female, young and old, as well as gang members, police officers, and local government officials. The poisonous legacy of apartheid also comes under Jensen’s lens, as he examines the lasting effects that an official policy of racist stereotyping has had on the residents’ conceptions of themselves and their neighbors. While Gangs, Politics, and Dignity in Cape Town brims with insights into ongoing debates over policing, gangs, and local politics, Jensen also shows how people in the townships maintain their dignity in the face of hardship and danger.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Maps
Photographs

Introduction

1. The Production of Subjects & Spaces

2. The Violence of the 'Other Side'

3. The Back Streets

4. Winning Back the Cape Flats

5. Policing Cape Flats

6. Politics of Respectability

7. Negotiating Masculinities

Epilogue

References
Index
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