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Politics and Community-Based Research: Perspectives from Yeoville Studio, Johannesburg provides a textured analysis of a contested urban space that will resonate with other contested urban spaces around the world and challenges researchers involved in such spaces to work in creative and politicised ways.
This edited collection is built around the experiences of Yeoville Studio, a research initiative based at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Through themed, illustrated stories of the people and places of Yeoville, the book presents a nuanced portrait of  the vibrance and complexity of a post-apartheid, peri-central neighbourhood that has often been characterised as a ‘slum’ in Johannesburg. These narratives are interwoven with theoretical chapters by scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, reflecting on the empirical experiences of the Studio and examining academic research processes. These chapters unpack the engagement of the Studio in Yeoville, including issues of trust, the need to align policy with lived realities and social needs, the political dimensions of the knowledge produced and the ways in which this knowledge was, and could be used.Politics and Community-Based Research: Perspectives from Yeoville Studio, Johannesburg offers a substantive and compelling analysis for a diverse readership interested in urban politics, community mapping and the built environment. The book draws on a critical reflection of Yeoville Studio, a research project conducted by Wits University academics from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, together with community partners and postgraduate students. A collection of vignettes portraying people and places in Yeoville interwoven with theoretically analytical chapters, it explores the politics of community research at a neighbourhood scale in its multiple facets, and will resonate with similar contested and complex neighbourhoods across the world. The mix of analysis, vignettes, photographs, architectural design and graphics builds the discussion in engaging, rich and integrated ways, to capture the many participatory approaches taken to this city-community studio.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. viii-xi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xii-xiii
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  1. SECTION A: Introducing the Book
  1. 1. Why tell the story of Yeoville Studio?
  2. Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 3-10
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  1. 2. Introducing Yeoville: Context and representations
  2. Sophie Didier and Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 11-18
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  1. 3. Exploring the politics of community-engaged research
  2. Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 19-40
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  1. SECTION B: Narrating: The Politics of Constructing Local Identities
  1. 4. Introduction
  2. Sophie Didier
  3. pp. 43-46
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  1. 5. Being young in Yeoville
  2. Potsiso Phasha
  3. pp. 47-56
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  1. 6. Africa Week Festival in Yeoville: Reclaiming a social and political space through art
  2. Pauline Guinard
  3. pp. 57-74
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  1. 7. Love stories
  2. Willy-Claude Hebandjoko, Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Shahid Yawda
  3. pp. 75-86
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  1. 8. Managing xenophobia and constructing Yeoville community in public meetings
  2. Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Eulenda Mkwanazi
  3. pp. 87-104
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  1. 9. Yeoville as a transgressional space: Voëlvry and the Afrikaner counterculture of the 1980s
  2. Maria Suriano, William Dewar and Clara Pienaar-Lewis
  3. pp. 105-116
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  1. 10. Leaving Yeoville
  2. Sophie Didier and Ophélie Arrazouaki
  3. pp. 117-128
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  1. 11. The Yeoville Stories project: Looking for public history in Johannesburg
  2. Sophie Didier and Namoi Roux
  3. pp. 129-146
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  1. SECTION C: Recommending: From Understanding Micro-Politics to Imagining Policy
  1. 12. Introduction
  2. Sarah Charlton
  3. pp. 149-152
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  1. 13. My place in Yeoville: Housing stories
  2. Kirsten Dörmann, Mpho Matsipa and Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 153-160
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  1. 14. Urban compounding in Johannesburg
  2. Kirsten Dörmann, Solam Mkhabela
  3. pp. 161-178
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  1. 15. Community land trusts and social inclusion
  2. Heinz Klug and Neil Klug
  3. pp. 179-200
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  1. 16. Building stories
  2. Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 201-208
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  1. 17. Learning from low-income living in an inner-city suburb to inform policy
  2. Sarah Charlton
  3. pp. 209-232
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  1. 18. Sharing a flat in Yeoville: Trajectories, experiences, relationships
  2. Simon Sizwe Mayson
  3. pp. 233-248
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  1. 19. Running a spaza shop
  2. Mamokete Matjomane
  3. pp. 249-256
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  1. 20. Integrating the 'community' in the governance of urban informality at the neighbourhood level
  2. Mamokete Matjomane and Claire B´nit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 257-276
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  1. SECTION D: Politicising: Community-Based Research and the Politics of Knowledge
  1. 21. Introduction
  2. Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 279-282
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  1. 22. Street trader stories
  2. Nicolette Pingo
  3. pp. 283-290
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  1. 23. Designing with informality: Towards an urban design framework for Yeoville's main street
  2. Abdul Abed
  3. pp. 291-314
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  1. 24. Street photography and the politics of representation: A portrait of Muller Street
  2. Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Sally Gaule
  3. pp. 315-330
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  1. 25. Knowledge construction in a multi-disciplinary perspective: Portraying Natal-Saunders Street
  2. Solam Mkhabela, Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Kirsten Dörmann
  3. pp. 331-346
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  1. 26. Knowledge capital and urban community politics in Yeoville
  2. Obvious Katsaura
  3. pp. 347-364
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  1. 27. Activists in their own words
  2. Eulenda Mkwanazi and Nicolette Pingo
  3. pp. 365-380
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  1. 28. Knowledge production and the politics of community engagement: Working with informal traders in Yeoville and beyond
  2. Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
  3. pp. 381-401
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Photography credits
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  1. Acronyms and abbreviations
  2. p. 404
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  1. List of tables, figures and boxes
  2. pp. 405-406
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 407-418
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