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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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The Production of Criminality on the Urban Periphery

The Production of Criminality on the Urban Periphery

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(p.153) 5 The Production of Criminality on the Urban Periphery
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Cape Town after Apartheid
Author(s):

Tony Roshan Samara

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670000.003.0006

This chapter talks about the continued underdevelopment of the Cape Flats and the increased tendency of the state to view unrest generated by poverty and inequality as a security threat. It relates youth development to the reproduction of “surplus” populations of young people that provide sustenance for the gangs, the criminal justice system, and the public’s outrage over crime. The chapter concludes with an outline of real benefits that gangs provide for many boys and young men, and analyzes the argument that the prison system serves only to normalize gangsterism and violence, contributing to the further destabilization of township communities.

Keywords:   Cape Flats, poverty, inequality, youth development, surplus populations, criminal justice system, prison system, gangsterism

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