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Cape Town after ApartheidCrime and Governance in the Divided City$
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Tony Roshan Samara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670000

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670000.001.0001

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Children in the Streets: Urban Governance in Cape Town City Center

Children in the Streets: Urban Governance in Cape Town City Center

(p.54) 2 Children in the Streets: Urban Governance in Cape Town City Center
Cape Town after Apartheid

Tony Roshan Samara

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes neoliberal governance in the urban core, where street children have emerged as central subjects. It explains categories and vocabularies of neoliberal governance on how the black threat is rearticulated into a democratic era. The examination of street children in Cape Town raises questions about the extent to which democracy has any real meaning for the marginalized young black people residing in a world class city. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the racially coded moral panic in Cape Town between 2000 and 2003 that mobilized a “public” consensus around a project of downtown revitalization and economic recovery based on eradicating the threat posed by “out of control” street children.

Keywords:   neoliberal governance, urban core, street children, black threat, democratic era, Cape Town, public consensus, economic recovery, downtown revitalization

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