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Author Scheidegger, Ursula, author.

Title Transformation from below? : white suburbia in the transformation of apartheid South Africa to democracy / Ursula Scheidegger.

Publication Info. Basel, Switzerland : Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource.
Series Basel Southern Africa studies ; 9
Basel Southern Africa studies ; 9.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Social dynamics in two formerly white Johannesburg neighbourhoods : an introduction -- 1. Social dynamics and the concept of social capital -- 2. The challenges of democratic consolidation in South Africa -- 3. Urban neighbourhoods and challenges of cooperation and order -- 4. Local communities and the ambiguity of transformation -- 5. Local schools and their impact on integration, civic engagement and neighbourhood sociability -- 6. Religious communities and responses to the challenges of transformation, value changes and inequality -- 7. Five years later : what has changed? -- 8. Conclusion : transformation from below? -- Appendix.
Summary South Africa is an example of a relatively successful political transition. Nevertheless, the first democratic elections in 1994 did not change the systemic and structural inequalities, the socioeconomic legacies of discrimination or the alienation of the different population groups. At the centre of this study is the transformation potential of two formerly white neighbourhoods in Johannesburg - Norwood and Orange Grove. Both neighbourhoods have experienced considerable demographic changes and the various population groups differ in terms of their expectations and their willingness to adjust to the changes provoked by the transition. At the local level, patterns of discrimination and oppression continue. Spaces, opportunities and leverage of social networks engaged in the community are influenced by the resources people are able to access. Moreover, cooperation is contested in a context of pervasive inequality because there is no incentive for privileged groups to change arrangements that benefit them. In this context of conflicting interests and unequal access to power and resources, decentralisation and the promotion of participatory structures in local communities are a problem and the reliance on local networks as agents of development is questionable.
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Subject Social change -- South Africa -- Johannesburg.
Neighborhoods -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Johannesburg.
Suburbs -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Johannesburg.
South Africa -- Race relations -- 21st century.
South Africa -- Social conditions -- 1994-
Democratization -- South Africa.
Chronological Term Since 1994
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Original 9783905758580 390575858X (OCoLC)920019244
ISBN 9783905758719 electronic bk.
3905758717 electronic bk.