Making Sense of the Politics of Sanitation in Cape Town

Making Sense of the Politics of Sanitation in Cape Town

Author: 
Jackson, Shannon
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor and Francis
Date published: 
2018
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Robins, Steven, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Social Dynamics
Source: 
Social Dynamics Vol 44 No 1 April 2018 pp. 69-87
Abstract: 

The paper examines the history and politics of sanitation and urban belonging and citizenship in Cape Town. It traces the cultural histories of waste and odour in order to reveal the embedding of liberal citizenship, as well as technology, in the body. We do this to make sense of why and how toilets and waste have become recent objects and instruments of struggle in Cape Town, and elsewhere. The paper shows that these political struggles did not arise from nowhere; their emergence is the outcome of historically and materially sustained contradictions that are fundamental to liberal governance.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018