'Street Blues. The Experiences of a Reluctant Policeman.' By Andrew Brown; 'Gangs, Politics and Dignity in Cape Town.' By Steffen Jensen; 'Thin Blue, the Unwritten Rules of Policing in South Africa.' By Jonny Steinberg.


  • Laurent Fourchard Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux


These three recent books have in common the question how men and women in post-apartheid South Africa face a violent environment and how they build a sense of order. These stories are related to a specific urban environment (in or around Cape Town and Johannesburg) in which violent crime has a long history, except in white suburbs where violent crime according to Andrew Brown, Jonny Steinberg and others is mainly a post-apartheid concern.


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