n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Between rock and the pavement : through the underworld of Durban
|Article Title||Between rock and the pavement : through the underworld of Durban|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||210 - 221|
|Issue||Special Edition 3|
|Keyword(s)||Drug abuse, Drug addiction, Durban, Life history, Prostitution and Umthombo|
This article seeks to explore the challenges faced by two people recovering from drug addiction in Durban. Both are Black African to use the terminology of our time. The one participant is a woman and the other, a male teenager on the edge of youth. This article uses the life history approach as a way of telling two stories, illustrating the social context in which people's lives are blighted by drug abuse and the recurring problems associated with attempts to overcome addiction. It situates the narrative of these two lives in a city witness to the eroding of apartheid and the opening up of new spaces and challenges. Sensitive to issues of spatiality and temporality, it is a story while embedded in local realities, places it in the context of broader changes in society.
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