Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. iii-iv

Contents

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pp. v-v

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

The following work received support from many people over the years, and if not for some of them it likely never would have been completed. Avery Gordon, my mentor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was instrumental in helping me to formulate the project in its early stages, and, although it has changed much since then, I still see her influence ...

Abbreviations and Acronyms

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pp. ix-x

Map of Cape Town

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pp. xi-xi

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Introduction: Urban Geopolitics, Neoliberalism, and the Governance of Security

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pp. 1-24

In December 2006, newspapers in Cape Town reported that high school students in the Cape Flats communities of Hanover Park and Nyanga were caught in the middle of yet another brutal gang war linked to the drug trade. This particular outbreak of violence was so disruptive that high school matriculation rates plummeted, dropping to 33 percent ...

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1. Security and Development in Postapartheid South Africa

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pp. 25-53

South Africa may have avoided a full-scale civil war as the apartheid system crumbled because of the commitment by the major parties to what was eventually a successful peace negotiation. The criminal violence of the post-1994 period, however, concentrated in the same communities already reeling from high levels of political violence, challenges the notion ...

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

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pp. 54-89

One legacy of youth leadership in the antiapartheid struggle after 1976 was that large numbers of young people, by virtue of taking to the streets, sacrificed their individual futures for that of their country. The continued evocation by politicians of youth development as a national priority is a reminder of this now historical, as well as historic, reality. A focus on ...

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3. Gangsterism and the Policing of the Cape Flats

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pp. 90-122

In May 2002, the police and army rolled into several areas of the Cape Flats in response to a gang war. The conflict was between the Americans, allegedly the largest gang in the Cape, and the 28s, an entrenched prison gang that has spread out to the townships, but also included the many smaller gangs lined up on either side of the rivalry. In the course of a ...

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4. The Weight of Policing on the Fragile Ground of Transformation

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pp. 123-152

The policing of township communities has always been central to the governance of the urban poor in Cape Town and is therefore central to understanding how the insecurity of the periphery is reproduced. The following chapter thus examines some of the consequences of hard policing for the fight against crime and gangs and for township communities. Proponents ...

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5. The Production of Criminality on the Urban Periphery

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pp. 153-179

Throughout the townships, the policing of crime and gangsterism contributes to multiple insecurities for residents, working against the very development agenda it is meant to anchor. The previous two chapters attempted to show exactly why this form of security governance has survived the transition from apartheid to neoliberalism, how it produces ...

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Conclusion: Apartheid, Democracy, and the Urban Future

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pp. 180-195

Policing and urban renewal in Cape Town today are part of a lineage of governance strategies bound up with unresolved social tensions that have evolved over decades. These tensions have produced the social and spatial terrain with which now confront us. They run beneath this divided city, holding it together while always threatening to tear it further apart. What ...

Notes

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pp. 197-226

Index

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pp. 227-238