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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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Urban Geopolitics, Neoliberalism, and the Governance of Security

Urban Geopolitics, Neoliberalism, and the Governance of Security

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(p.1) Introduction Urban Geopolitics, Neoliberalism, and the Governance of Security
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Cape Town after Apartheid
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Tony Roshan Samara

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670000.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides a background to the social forces and sets of relationships that outlines the contemporary urban governance in Cape Town. It talks about brutal gang wars linked to drug trade and homeless people harassed by police or private security guards, which describe an approach to crime and urban renewal in Cape Town as a global phenomenon wherein cities become key sites of economic growth, conflict, and political governance. The chapter also illustrates how Cape Town is governed through a complex network in which local and global forces clash and combine to reproduce the fractured urban spaces inherited from apartheid.

Keywords:   urban governance, Cape Town, gang wars, homeless people, urban renewal, economic growth, political governance, urban spaces, apartheid

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