n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Between rock and the pavement : through the underworld of Durban

Volume 2015 Number sed-3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


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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