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Author Junck, Leah Davina.

Title Cultivating suspicion : an ethnography
Published Mankon, Bamenda : Langaa Research & Publishing CIG, 2019


Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction -- Contextualising crime -- Inserting the self in the field : How to 'do' research on vulnerability and ethnographic methods as ethics -- The everyday texture and architecture of fear in the suburb : patrollers and their strategies and accessories of security -- The Phantom Suspect : Cultivating and embodying suspicion in Observatory -- Dancing with the devil : patrolling as performance -- 'Couch patrolling' and the virtual embodiment of the Observatory Neighbourhood Watch -- Conclusions : Masking vulnerability and other comforts of being a patroller
Summary At the heart of 21st century discourses are questions of whose lives may matter more than others. While the debates themselves are not new, the #hashtags they are linked to and the media through which concerns around moralities of living together are expressed allow for debates to reach large numbers of people in accelerated, individualised and accessible ways. The new media have been powerful in (re)igniting debates and (re)activating demands for social change. Yet, the focus of ubiquitous #hashtags on binary positions may render it easy to neglect their nuances and facets. In recognition of grey-zones, contradictions and ambiguities, this ethnography focuses on a suburb of Cape Town, Observatory, and its recently revived Neighbourhood Watch as an urban renewal project and attempt to decrease notions of vulnerability to crime and violence. In Observatory -- considered to be liberal and bohemian by its inhabitants -- the framing of topics within the Neighbourhood Watch group often take on an abstract, intellectualised form. Nevertheless, the group with its rather clashing ideals is grounded in and fuelled by recycled crime stories as well as snapshots of suspected criminals that continue to reappear via various social media channels. Individual experiences, stories and inner conflicts of local Neighbourhood Watch members are at the centre of this exploratory engagement with how fear becomes embodied, everyday practice and the ways in which desires for relationality and spatial exclusivity become entangled in a place where every life matters only in principle
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 7, 2019)
Subject Xenophobia -- South Africa
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Regional Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Social conditions.
SUBJECT South Africa -- Social conditions.
Subject South Africa.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789956550081