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By Rachel Bray, Imke Gooskens, Lauren Kahn, Sue Moses, Jeremy Seekings

A compelling account of way of life for the 1st iteration of kids and teens turning out to be up in post-apartheid South Africa, this pioneering learn is predicated on wealthy ethnographic research conducted within the outskirts of Cape city within the Fish Hoek Valley, a space of prosperous middle-class suburbs, semi-rural smallholdings, working-class housing estates, and semi-formal settlements of African citizens. Findings exhibit that the society has replaced in profound methods, yet many good points of the apartheid period persist—material inequalities and poverty proceed to form lifestyle, race and sophistication proceed to outline neighborhoods, and "integration" is a sought-after yet constrained adventure for the younger.

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First, we were concerned to break out of the racial segregation that characterises so much of what is written about South Africa. Rather than write only about African children and adolescents, we sought to conduct an integrated and comparative analysis of young lives across physical and social space, and especially across racial boundaries. Comparing and contrasting experiences across the social and geographical boundaries of race and class is crucial also for an assessment of the extent to which and manner in which the new political dispensation has made a difference to the lives of ordinary South African children.

Intimate relationships and sexuality are recognised as sensitive topics of research, particularly when conducted with young people. However, we found that after building rapport over time, young people were comfortable – and enthusiastic – about discussing these issues. za discuss them. Chapter 7 is based on information that was shared with us by young people whom we came to know well, most of whom were female and in their late teens. We have less information from boys or from younger children.

By 2001, Masiphumelele was home to about 20 per cent of the population of the Valley. Further population growth in Masiphumelele probably increased its share to about 25 per cent by 2004. Although the white population is now a minority in the Valley as a whole, this area still shows the spatial impress of apartheid: almost all of its coloured and African residents still live within the narrow confines of Ocean View and Masiphumelele, whilst richer, white residents live in the suburbs and smallholdings that stretch across the peninsula from one coast to the other.

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