Case Studies of Precarious Life in Johannesburg

  • Ingrid PalmaryEmail author
  • Brandon Hamber
  • Lorena Núñez
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS, volume 24)


This book is a collection of case studies about the precarity of everyday life in Johannesburg. It is made up of chapters based on case studies that document people’s practices of help-seeking, care, support and healing in response to their everyday insecurity. Throughout the book, the authors describe a state of ontological insecurity that manifests itself in economic, spiritual, psychological and physical ways and, most importantly, refuses neat distinctions between these categories. However, alongside this sense of insecurity is an equally strong sense of optimism, care and a striving for change. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that this book deals very centrally with themes of the struggle for progress, mobility (geographic, material and spiritual), and a sense of possibility and change associated with Johannesburg. This book is, therefore, about precarious life in the city of Johannesburg and people’s responses to it.


Economic Inequality Political Violence Undocumented Migrant Political Transition South African Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Palmary
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brandon Hamber
    • 2
  • Lorena Núñez
    • 3
  1. 1.African Centre for Migration & SocietyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE)University of UlsterNorthern IrelandUK
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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