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Title:Patronage from below: political unrest in an informal settlement in South Africa
Author:Dawson, Hannah J.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Volume:113
Issue:453
Pages:518-539
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:protest
local politics
informal settlements
patronage
African National Congress (South Africa)
Link:http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/content/113/453/518.abstract
Abstract:Since the mid-2000s militant local political protests have been a frequent occurrence in informal settlements and townships across South Africa. Allegations of corruption and favouritism figure prominently in these demonstrations that often aim to remove local officials who are perceived not to have delivered on their electoral promises. Focusing on the relationship between patronage politics and local protests, this article analyses the 2011 unrest in Zandspruit informal settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The protests were triggered by intra-African National Congress (ANC) rivalry and factionalism in the build-up to the local elections. Through an analysis of the political opportunities, framing processes, and mobilizing structures of the protests, the article depicts the ways in which patronage and collective action work together. By doing so, it reveals the agency 'from below' of local elite and subaltern groups in defining the formation and mutual advancement of patron-client relations. The article thus shows how the close relationship between the ANC and the State at the local level gives rise to particular patron-client relations between low-income residents, the ANC, and the State. As a result, the State is not understood as a bureaucratic dispenser of public goods on the basis of rights but as a relational system of reciprocal dependence and obligation. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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