CAPE TOWN 1.GANGS
This summer Laurie Taylor and Thinking Allowed travel to Cape Town.
Last summer the programme went to Chicago in the hope of finding researchers who were carrying on the great ethnographic tradition of Chicago sociology. Well his mission this year had rather similar aims. Laurie Taylor wanted to learn from South African social scientists about the other side of this celebrated tourist spot.
But what makes Cape Town so different is the recent end of apartheid, what is often referred to as the negotiated revolution of 1994. That transition and the hopes that it inspired, and dashed are a backdrop to every social issue, and of course each one of the programmes in the series:
In the first of his five special programmes Laurie Taylor travels, somewhat reluctantly, to the heart of the so-called coloured township of Manenberg to explore what life is really like in the windswept Cape Flats where so much of life is dominated by the murderous gangs like the Hard Livings, the Americans and the gang leader he interviewed from the notorious Mongrels.
Laurie is guided through gangland Cape Town by intrepid social researcher Irvin Kinnes, himself brought up in Manenberg who introduces him to Christine Jansen from the Manenberg People’s Centre.
For more information on Gangs and studies into gangs in Cape Town e-mail to Irvin Kinnes
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