Outcast Cape Town /
John Western ; foreword by Robert Coles.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1996.
xxxiv, 396 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
0520207378 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1996.
0520207378 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-382) and index.
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"Straightforward, unapologetic, clearheaded, and morally alert, yet unsentimental. When the reader has finished this book he/she will know how South Africa's outcasts live."--Robert Coles
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-11:
Many works analyzing South African apartheid suddenly became obsolete with the shift to true democracy in 1994. Western's study of apartheid's urban geography is, however, a singular exception. His meticulous assessment of mixed race relocation in Cape Town remains both topical and valuable. The new edition includes a prologue and epilogue bringing the reader up to date, but the core analysis continues to be crucial for an understanding of contemporary South Africa. The Group Areas legislation attempted to remake South African cities in the colonial image--a white core in which blacks worked by day, retreating to a peripheral ring of substandard housing and shantytowns. This "spatial manipulation" served several purposes, not the least being the intimidation of the black majority. Western skillfully dissects the relentless logic and continuous cruelty of this system by focusing on particular neighborhoods and their residents. This is urban social geography at its best, well researched and written. As the Mandela regime seeks to dismantle the ecology of apartheid, it is well for all to realize how intricately it was established. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. J. A. Works Jr.; University of Missouri--St. Louis
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Social geographer John Western analyzes the urban spatial planning of the 1950 Group Areas Act that achieved, in the built environment of Cape Town, the racial separatism of apartheid. His new prologue for the paperback edition assesses the changes to be expected from the new government and the obstacles to significant change.
Table of Contents
Prologue (1996)
Introduction: Themes and Actorsp. 3
Cape Town before Apartheid: Urbanization and Urban Ecologyp. 31
Apartheid: The Planp. 59
Social Engineering through Spatial Manipulation: The Ideal Apartheid City in Theory and in Practicep. 84
Putting the Plan into Practice: Cape Town since 1950p. 121
Group Areas and the Meaning of Places: Whose Mother City?p. 137
Mowbray: From Community to Gentrificationp. 160
Ex-Mowbrayites: The Geographies of Apprehensiveness, Distress, and Disadvantagep. 202
Ex-Mowbrayites: The Geographies of Status and Fearp. 235
The Shantytowns: Trying to Keep the Lid Onp. 277
Apartheid in South Africa: An Uncertain Conclusionp. 309
Epiloguep. 332
Notesp. 359
Bibliographyp. 375
Indexp. 385
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