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The contradiction between public space and safety: challenges and positives stories in post-apartheid Johannesburg: - a field study of the urban landscape in Johannesburg and the open urban village of Parkhurst
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose with this thesis is to explore the urban landscape in post-apartheid Johannesburg, investigate the concept of the growing numbers of various types of urban villages and moreover look into the open urban village of Parkhurst. The main questions that are addressed in the thesis are: How would the urban landscape in post-apartheid Johannesburg be described and which types of urban villages can be identified? What would the residents in Parkhurst explain to be the reasons for living in an open urban village and what are their opinions on safety, public space and closed urban villages? Qualitative methods were used as in observation studies and inductive in-depth interviews during the field study in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. The study shows that the concept of urban villages can create both a negative spatial situation and a positive spatial situation – depending on the type of urban village. The thesis also shows that it is possible to feel safe living in a open urban village in a city with high crime and that thoughtful design and effective management of spaces in the city are essential factors that can prevent places from becoming ‘hot spots’ for crime.

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2013. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
Urban Village, Open Urban Village, Community, Public Space, Segregation, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Safety, Johannesburg
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96413OAI: diva2:665848
Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-21 Last updated: 2013-11-21Bibliographically approved

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