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Street Life under a Roof – Youth Homelessness in South Africa - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Street Life under a Roof: Youth Homelessness in South Africa

Emily Margaretten


An exemplary ethnography of post-apartheid life: this book takes the reader to a place that few people know even exists—a self-run shelter for homeless young people in Durban. What emerges is a searing portrait of drugs, violence, and AIDS but also of compassion, love, loyalty, and humanity. Point Place (a self-run homeless shelter for the young homeless) stands near the city center of Durban, South Africa. Condemned and off the grid, the five-story apartment building is home to a hundred-plus teenagers and young adults marginalized by poverty and chronic unemployment. This book draws on ten y ... More

Keywords: South African society, post-apartheid, homeless shelter, poverty, unemployment, gender dynamics, inequality, rehabilitation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039607
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Margaretten, author
Ripon College

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