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Raw Life, New Hope: Decency, housing and everyday life in a postapartheid community

Raw Life New Hope is the story of one community's efforts to ...

Raw Life New Hope is the story of one community's efforts to secure a decent life in post-apartheid South Africa For residents of The Park a squalid shantytown on the outskirts of Cape Town life was hard and they described their social world as raw Efforts to get on with the messy business of everyday life were often underut by cruel poverty. Despite inhospitable conditions they sought to create respectable lives. The opportunity of formal housing fired them with enthusiasm as they saw the possibilities of living respectably with stable families decent work enduring social relations and the trappings of consumerism. The book traces their experiences as people struggled with sensemaking in a complex world Based on nearly two decades of research Raw Life New Hope examines how everyday lives are fashioned through relationships reciprocity and language. It offers a rare glimpse into the complex and contradictory ways of life of people living on the margins of society. Click on the Free Download link on the page to access the content of the book for download

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University of Cape Town
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