Civic Organization in Alexandra in the Early 1990s: An Ethnographic Approach

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Alexandra township is an underdeveloped black ghetto in the middle of white Johannesburg’s plush northern suburbs, (see Map 2) Plans to transform Alexandra into a middle-class family township resulted in a few areas being redeveloped in the 1980s, but the money soon ran out, and much of the area remains an overcrowded and under-serviced slum. The township is home to a population of about 400, 000, squeezed into 1.5 square kilometres. Brick houses dating from Alexandra’s freehold past are intermingled with and vastly outnumbered by thousands of tiny zinc shacks, or mkhukhus.


International Relation Political Communication Modern History Civic Organization Ethnographic Approach 
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