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Title:Popular politics in South African cities: unpacking community participation
Editor:Bénit-Gbaffou, ClaireISNI
City of publisher:Cape Town
Publisher:HSRC Press
ISBN:0796924643; 9780796924643; 9780796924650
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community participation
urban planning
local government
political action
civil society
State-society relationship
Abstract:This book analyses the effectiveness of community meetings in urban policy making, and the motivation for people to participate in these meetings. Authors find a variety of roles that these 'spaces of participation' play for various actors. Contents: Politicising and politicking community participation in urban governance (Claire Bénit-Gbaffou). -- Part I Politicising spaces of participation. From party-state to party-society in South Africa: SANCO and the informal politics of community representation in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town (Laurence Piper); Against ourselves - local activists and the management of contradictory political loyalties: the case of Phiri, Johannesburg (Boitumelo Matlala and Claire Bénit-Gbaffou); Social movements, mobilisation and political parties: a case study of the Landless People's Movement, South Africa (Luke Sinwell); Ritualistic spaces? Re-examining invited spaces of participation (Obvious Katsaura); Constructing communities in public meetings: local leaders and the management of xenophobic discourses in Yeoville (Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Eulenda Mkwanazi). Part two: Beyond invented /invited spaces of participation. Uncooperative masses as a problem for substantive and participatory theories of democracy: the cases of 'people's power' (1984-6) and the 'xenophobia' (2008) in South Africa (Daryl Glaser); Participation, neoliberal control and the voice of street traders in Cape Town: a Foucauldian perspective on 'invited spaces' (Marianne Morange); Meetings in Vosloorus (Ekurhuleni): democratic public spaces or spaces for grievances? (Philippe Gervais-Lambony); 'Bringing government closer to the people'? The daily experience of subcouncils in Cape Town (Chloé Buire); Contesting the participatory sphere: encountering the state in Johannesburg and Cape Town (Alex Wafer and Sophie Oldfield); Beyond invented and invited spaces of participation: the Phiri and Olivia Road court cases and their outcome (Laïla Smith and Margot Rubin); Viewing South Africa's urban governance from an 'Indian' perspective Glyn Williams. [ASC Leiden abstract]