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The Apartheid City And Beyond

Author : David M. Smith
ISBN : 9781134902965
Genre : Science
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Apartheid as legislated racial separation substantially changed the South African urban scene. Race group areas' remodelled the cities, while the creation of homelands', mini-states and the pass laws' controlling population migration constrained urbanization itself. In the mid-1980s the old system - having proved economically inefficient and politically divisive - was replaced by a new policy of orderly urbanization'. This sought to accelerate industrialization and cultural change by relaxing the constraints on urbanization imposed by state planning. The result was further political instability and a quarter of the black (or African) population housed in shanty towns. Negotiations between the Nationalist government and the African National Congress are working towards the end of the old apartheid system. Yet the negation of apartheid is only the beginning of the creation of a new society. The vested interests and entrenched ideologies behind the existing pattern of property ownership survive the abolition of apartheid laws. Beyond race, class and ethnicity will continue to divide urban life. If the cities of South Africa are to serve all the people, the accelerating process of urbanization must be brought under control and harnessed to a new purpose. The contributors to this volume draw on a broad range of experience and disciplines to present a variety of perspectives on urban South Africa.
Category: Science

The Politics Of Public Space

Author : Setha Low
ISBN : 9781136081309
Genre : Political Science
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Why is public space disappearing? Why is this disappearance important to democratic politics and how has it become an international phenomenon? Public spaces are no longer democratic spaces, but instead centres of private commerce and consumption, and even surveillance and police control. "The Politics of Public Space" extends the focus of current work on public space to include a consideration of the transnational - in the sense of moving people and transformations in the nation or state - to expand our definition of the 'public' and public space. Ultimately, public spaces are one of the last democratic forums for public dissent in a civil society. Without these significant central public spaces, individuals cannot directly participate in conflict resolution. "The Politics of Public Space" assembles a superb list of contributors to explore the important political dimensions of public space as a place where conflicts over cultural and political objectives become concrete.
Category: Political Science

Cities Of Gold Townships Of Coal

Author : Patrick Bond
ISBN : 0865436118
Genre : Political Science
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After apartheid was dismantled, South Africa's townships anticipated a peace and development dividend. But as the ANC begins its second term in office (1999-2004), the cities have degenerated further into impoverished, polluted, under-serviced, zones of blight and despair. Indeed, in many respects, the townships were worse off than when the ANC took power. In this collection of essays, the author argues that the ANC's adoption of free-market economic and social policies is at the root of these problems and can be blamed for S Africa's uneven urban development.
Category: Political Science


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ISBN : UOM:39015062067502
Genre : Developing countries
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Category: Developing countries

South Africa Past Present And Future

Author : Alan Lester
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110653289
Genre : Business & Economics
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This is the first book to combine a discussion of post-apartheid development initiatives with an extended historical analysis of South Africa's dynamic race, class, gender and ethnic identities. Bringing together the research of an historical geographer and two development geographers, the book enables us to locate the post-apartheid transition in a broad historical and spatial perspective. Within this perspective, the limitations as well as the achievements of South Africa's current transformation are highlighted.
Category: Business & Economics

World City Syndrome

Author : David Alexander McDonald
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124056990
Genre : Business & Economics
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The literature on âe~world citiesâe(tm) has had an enormous influence on urban theory and planning alike. From Manila to London, academics and policy makers have attempted to understand, and to some extent strive for, world city status. This book is a study of Cape Townâe(tm)s standing in this network of urban centres, and an investigation of the conceptual appropriateness of this world city hypothesis. Drawing on more than a dozen years of fieldwork in Cape Town, McDonald provides an historical overview of institutional and structural reforms, examining fiscal imbalances, political marginalization, (de)racialization, privatization and other neoliberal changes. By examining and analyzes these reforms and changes, McDonald contributes the first radical critique of the world city literature from a developing country perspective.
Category: Business & Economics

The Strengths And Problems Of Black Families In Informal Settlements

Author : Arnia Van Vuuren
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111008178
Genre : Families, Black
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Informal settlements worldwide and in South Africa are extensive. Informal settlement constitutes a very particular type of human environment. Within this environment families and individuals attempt to carve a niche for themselves.
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The Geography Of South Africa In A Changing World

Author : R. C. Fox
ISBN : 0195716825
Genre : Science
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This textbook specifically studies the geography and environment of South Africa and the Southern African region and locates them within the broader context of the global environment.
Category: Science