The "dialectics of toil": Reflections on the politics of space after apartheid

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Sixteen years since the end of the liberation struggle South Africa's cities have become crucial spaces of self-determination and lively community democracy. Yet their form has changed very little instead highlighting the persistence of poverty (and racism) within neoliberal, post-apartheid capitalism that the transition promised to end. This article explores the enduring quality of deep economic and social marginalization, specifically in the context of Cape Town's informal settlements, which reflect both collective desires for "rights to the city" and their denial. © 2010 by the Institute for Ethnographic Research (IFER) a part of the George Washington University. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Makhulu, AM

Published Date

  • June 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 551 - 580

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-1518

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-5491

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/anq.2010.0004

Citation Source

  • Scopus