State control and street gangs in Cape Town : towards an understanding of social and spatial development

 

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dc.contributor.author Pinnock, Don en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T08:58:23Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T08:58:23Z
dc.date.issued 1982 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Pinnock, D. 1982. State control and street gangs in Cape Town : towards an understanding of social and spatial development. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19514
dc.description.abstract One of the more speculative tasks of this book is to assess what impact those gangs are likely to have on the changes urban South Africa will undergo in the last two decades of the 20th Century, be it peaceful, reactionary or revolutionary. A rather more immediate task, and a necessary precursor, is to explore the functions of these gangs and the causes of their existence. But this immediately leads us into wider and deeper areas, to poverty, social dislocation and strategies of class defence. And within and beyond these conditions can be found an ongoing struggle for survival, a class struggle, and the outline of the state itself. (It is here that one encounters a strange paradox: a system which upholds law and order while at the same time creating the preconditions for its breakdown.) But we must start with the street gangs. A count in 30 areas on the Cape Flats during 1982 found in daily existence 280 groups who identified themselves as gangs. Nearly 80 per cent of the gang members interviewed for this study said their group was more than 100 strong, 54 per cent put the figure at 200 and several as high as 2000. An extremely rough estimate gives a figure of 50,000 youths who would define themselves as gang members, or about five per cent of the city's total population. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Criminology en_ZA
dc.subject.other Gangs en_ZA
dc.subject.other Economic History en_ZA
dc.title State control and street gangs in Cape Town : towards an understanding of social and spatial development en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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