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Exploring the Public - A Comparative Ethnography of Public Spaces in Maputo and Johannesburg (Dissertation Barbara Heer)
Project funded by own resources
Project title Exploring the Public - A Comparative Ethnography of Public Spaces in Maputo and Johannesburg (Dissertation Barbara Heer)
Principal Investigator(s) Förster, Till
Co-Investigator(s) Macamo, Elisio
Project Members Heer, Barbara
Organisation / Research unit Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
Project start 01.01.2010
Probable end 31.07.2015
Status Completed
Abstract

This comparative ethnographic study explores in two cities in Southern Africa how different urban dwellers encounter each other in the shared urban space. Both cities, Johannesburg and Maputo, are shaped on the one hand by historical social and physical divisions of the city (Apartheid, Portuguese colonialism), and on the other hand by new processes of segregation driven by economic forces (“privatisation”). The project wants to shed light on how these and other similarities and differences between the two cities shape the way different urban dwellers encounter each other in the everyday life.

14 months of comparative research in Johannesburg and Maputo have been carried out by one PhD candidate. Field research has been conducted applying an action- and actor-oriented, mainly inductive approach avoiding normative Western concepts.. Fieldwork is guided by a combination of different strategies: neighbourhood marked by physical proximity and socio-economic difference as a methodological starting point, ‘following the people’ strategy, and analysis of specific places. The project adopts and adapts the Emic Evaluation Approach (EEA) (Förster 2011 et al). The project follows a case-oriented, individualizing comparative strategy which aims at clarifying the characteristics of one case by contrasting it to another detailed case.

This project is integrated in the Research Group on Political Transformations at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel. Fieldwork have been conducted in collaboration with Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo.

Keywords public life, public space, privatisation, segregation, urban governance, Maputo, Johannesburg
Financed by Other funds

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
3178891  Heer, Barbara  Spaces of Encounter and Unequal Neighbourhoods. A Comparative Ethnography of Agency, Space and Difference in Maputo and Johannesburg      Publication: Thesis (Dissertationen, Habilitationen) 
1017947  Förster, Till; Heer, Barbara; Heer,; Engeler, Michelle; Kaufmann, Andrea A.; Bauer, Kerstin; Heitz, Kathrin  The Emic Evaluation Approach : epistemologies, experience, and ethnographic practice      Publication: Other Publications (Forschungsberichte o. ä.) 
1454731  Heer, Barbara  Wessen Alexandra? Kampf um Bestimmungsmacht im ältesten Township von Südafrika      Publication: NewsItemPrint (Artikel in einer Tages, Wochen- oder Monatszeitschrift) 
2290478  Heer, Barbara  Die Kirche als öffentlicher Raum der Post-Apartheid Gesellschaft : zur ethnographischen Untersuchung von Begegnungsräumen in Johannesburg  978-3-290-17707-2  Erfassen – Deuten – Urteilen : Empirische Zugänge zur Religionsforschung  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3343741  Heer, Barbara  We are all Children of God: A charismatic church as space of encounter between township and suburb in post-apartheid Johannesburg  2332-3256 ; 2332-3264  Anthropology Southern Africa  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3343743  Heer, Barbara  [Rezension von] Schaumburg (2013): Bonyatsi. Heirat, Status und Beziehungsstrategien in einem südafrikanischen Township. Kölner Ethnologische Studien, 34. Berlin: Lit.  0257-9774  Anthropos  JournalItem (Kommentare, Editorials, Rezensionen, Urteilsanmerk., etc. in einer wissensch. Zeitschr. 
3343748  Heer, Barbara  Propertied Citizenship in a Township and Suburb in Johannesburg  978-3-319-62147-0 ; 978-3-319-62148-7  Middle classes in Africa. changing lives and conceptual challenges  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3694314  Heer, Barbara  Shopping Malls as Social Space: New Forms of Public Life in Johannesburg  978-3-643-80241-5 ; 978-3-643-85241-0  Cities in Flux. metropolitan spaces in South African literary and visual texts  Publication: Book Item (Buchkap., Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden etc.) 
3694318  Heer, Barbara  Being together with strangers      Publication: NewsItemPrint (Artikel in einer Tages, Wochen- oder Monatszeitschrift) 
   

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