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Living Politics in South Africa's Urban Shacklands

Kerry Ryan Chance


Living Politics in South Africa’s Urban Shacklands examines liberal governance and political mobilization through the elements of fire, water, air, and land. Tracking everyday practices and interactions between poor residents and state agents in South Africa’s shack settlements, the author investigates the rise of nationwide protests since the late 1990s, which have focused on making urban environments viable and secure. Based on ethnography in the cities of Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, the book analyzes the criminalization of popular forms of politics that were foundational to South A ... More

Keywords: governance, politics, cities, gender, race, poverty, environment, citizenship, South Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226519524
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226519838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerry Ryan Chance, author
Louisiana State University