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Politics and Community-based Research

Perspectives from Yeoville Studio, Johannesburg

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Abdul Abed, Ophélie Arrazouaki, Claire Benit-Gbaffou, Sarah Charlton, Sophie Didier, William Dewar, Kirsten Dörmann, Sally Gaule, Pauline Guinard, Willy-Claude Hebandjoko, Obvious Katsaura, Heinz Klug, Neil Klug, Mamokete Devon Matjomane , Matsipa Mpho, Simon Sizwe Mayson, Solam Mkhabela, Eulenda Mkwanazi, Potsiso Phasha, Clara Pienaar-Lewis, Nicolette Pingo, Naomi Roux, Maria Suriano, Shahid Vawda

01 January 2019

Claire Benit-Gbaffou, Kirsten Dörmann, Sarah Charlton, Sophie Didier


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South Africa

Politics and Community-Based Research: Perspectives from Yeoville Studio, Johannesburg provides a textured analysis of a contested urban space that will resonate with other contested urban spaces around the world and challenges researchers involved in such spaces to work in creative and politicised ways.


The book is built around the experiences of Yeoville Studio, a research initiative based at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


Through themed, illustrated stories of the people and places of Yeoville, the book presents a nuanced portrait of the vibrance and complexity of a post-apartheid, peri-central neighbourhood that has often been characterised as a ‘slum’ in Johannesburg. These narratives are interwoven with theoretical chapters by scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, reflecting on the empirical experiences of the Studio and examining academic research processes. These chapters unpack the engagement of the Studio in Yeoville, including issues of trust, the need to align policy with lived realities and social needs, the political dimensions of the knowledge produced and the ways in which this knowledge was, and could be used.


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