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Global and Comparative Ethnography

Delivery as Dispossession

Land Occupation and Eviction in the Postapartheid City

Zachary Levenson

Delivery as Dispossession

Global and Comparative Ethnography

Delivery as Dispossession

Land Occupation and Eviction in the Postapartheid City

Global and Comparative Ethnography: Delivery as Dispossession

 

In Dispossession as Delivery, Zachary Levenson explains why post-Apartheid South Africa continues to evict land occupations. Levenson shows that the government does this in the name of preserving the order they imagine is necessary to deliver housing to its citizens.


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Beschrijving Global and Comparative Ethnography: Delivery as Dispossession

A sweeping historical and political analysis with detailed ethnographic fieldwork of the politics of everyday life in postcolonial Africa.

In post-apartheid South Africa, nearly a fifth of the urban population lives in shacks. Unable to wait any longer for government housing, people occupy land, typically seeking to fly under the state's radar. Yet in most cases, occupiers wind up in dialogue with the state. In Delivery as Dispossession, Zachary Levenson follows this journey from avoidance to incorporation, explaining how the post-apartheid Constitution shifts squatters' struggles onto the judicial register. Providing a
comparative ethnographic account of two land occupations in Cape Town and highlighting occupiers' struggles, Levenson further demonstrates why it is that housing officials seek the eviction of all new occupations: they view these unsanctioned settlements as a threat to the order they believe is required for
delivery. Yet in evicting occupiers, he argues, they reproduce the problem anew, with subsequent rounds of land occupation as the inevitable consequence. Offering a unique framework for thinking about local states, this book proposes a novel theory of the state that will change the way ethnographers think about politics.


ISBN
9780197629246
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
Serie
Global and Comparative Ethnography
NUR
741
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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