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Title:Elite formation and elite bonding: social structure and development in Durban
Authors:Moffett, Shannon
Freund, BillISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
urban development
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-004-0017-1
Abstract:Economic development is never a process that transpires outside of definite social contexts. This paper, a case study of the port city of Durban, South Africa, posits that the perspective and possible trajectory of action of specific urban elites will have a powerful, if not determining, interest on the course of urban development. It looks at the business elite, the political elite and the administrative elite as distinct actors, exploring their modus operandi, their competing or contradictory agendas and their characteristic forms of interaction for understanding their potential for urban economic development. In particular, the following questions are considered: Who are the elite in Durban? At what levels does the elite interact? What forums exist for this interaction? Who drives the process for economic development - the economic or the political elite? To what extent is the new elite (including the private sector black elite) a major player or is the old (and essentially white) elite still really dominant? Who is being excluded from this process and with what consequences for the development of the city? App., bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]