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Gugulethu™: revolution for neoliberalism in a South African township
The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3761-6699
University Joseph Fourier, UMR PACTE and IUF, Grenoble, France.
2013 (English)In: Canadian Journal of African Studies, ISSN 0008-3968, E-ISSN 1923-3051, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 51-74Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the impact of neoliberalization on post-apartheid spatial practices at the new Gugulethu mall in Cape Town. It examines this impact at two levels: first, from the perspective of neoliberal processes and their ability to adapt to the local township environment and, second, from the viewpoint of the township and its permeability to these ideas and practices, specifically emphasizing the role of local brokers. We study how revolutionary discourses, imagery, spatial design and social engineering were employed to promote the business, and how these attempts were received at the everyday level in the township. We argue that contemporary, ordinary townships such as Gugulethu tell a localized story of neoliberalization processes through which global capital is rooted within South African townships.

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Routledge, 2013. Vol. 47, no 1, p. 51-74
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South Africa, post-apartheid, urban change, malls
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1775DOI: 10.1080/00083968.2013.770592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1775DiVA, id: diva2:630838
Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-19 Last updated: 2019-02-05Bibliographically approved

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