Crisis States Working Paper 10

The People Behind the Walls: insecurity, identity and gated communities in Johannesburg
Author(s) : Jo Beall
Date : February 2002
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Abstract : This paper explores the historical and contemporary terrain of local level struggles in post-apartheid Meadowlands, a township in Greater Soweto. It looks at the implications for urban governance of increasing social differentiation and suggests that social polarisation mitigates against sustained levels of public action.