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Guns and gang spaces in South Africa

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dc.rights.license Open Access Maringira, Godfrey 2021-08-26T14:10:46Z 2021-08-26T14:10:46Z 2020
dc.identifier.issn 2663-6689
dc.identifier.uri 10.25159/2663-6689/6652
dc.description.abstract The gun is not just an object and or a weapon; it has particular, deep relations with those who carry and possess it. The gun is embedded in the mentality of the man who uses it. Once gun life is inculcated in the mind, it is difficult to leave it behind. In post-apartheid South Africa, gangs and the use of guns have continued unabated. Despite this continued relationship between gangs and guns, studies have skirted around the ways in which guns are experienced and embodied in a context which is imbued with violence. Guns define the gang members who carry them in their everyday lives, as well as the spaces in which gangs operate. Importantly, understanding the spaces of gangs, such as the streets, is critical to understanding the ways in which they help gangs to forge a particular relationship with guns. This article is based on an ethnography of the black township Gugulethu in Cape Town, South Africa en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Politeia en_US
dc.subject gang violence en_US
dc.subject embodiment en_US
dc.subject guns en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject masculinity en_US
dc.title Guns and gang spaces in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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