CAPE TOWN 4. POLICING
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:
This week Laurie Taylor looks at policing. During the apartheid era the police force were in many ways the agents and enforcers of an oppressive ideology. In a post apartheid era how does the police force function? How would they gain the trust and support of those they previously oppressed? The answer in both cases is with a great deal of difficulty.
Laurie is taken by young criminologist Boyane Tshehla to the Cape Town black townships of Guguletu and Khayelitsha where he has carried out his field work for his work research into non-state policing, virtual vigilantism in post apartheid South Africa. He talks also to Professor Wilfried Scharf from the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cape Town.
Wilfried Scharf and the work of the Institute of Criminology and their research into Non-State Justice Systems
Track 4 from Nkalakatha
Record label: cd CCP2 (WB) 012
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