The Sovereignty of Patha-Patha. Crime, Citizenship and Public Authority in the new South Africa
The book project is a result of a postdoctoral project initiated in 2001, concerning justice enforcement and vigilantism in South African townships during democratic transition. It explores what happens with our understanding of sovereignty when the state tries to gain control over forms of community based crime enforcement and how relationships evolve between state provided security and local forms of crime enforcement in South African townships. The book project demonstrates that any clear cut separation between state and non-state crime enforcement is based on a considerable degree of dissimulation.
The Post.Doc project is funded by FFU (former RUF) and will run until the end of 2009.
DIIS researchers involved: Lars Buur.