Westbury: struggling with representation. Plan of the lesson. Your turn Westbury in the larger context of the city of Joburg Discussion with Mr S Constant : What are the challenges of people in Westbury? How do people try to make another place of and life in W.?
The SUN, Published: 2011-01-22
….“inadequacy of representational systems as a stand in for lived experience” (Renov,1993:7, quoted by Dannhauser 2006: 7)
Image Photograph: Western Native Township 1958: Chapman after Beinart, 1975:160
“The Western Areas also provided opportunities for prostitution, gambling, casual craftwork, and hawking, which - given the absence of municipal regulations and the geographical situation of the suburbs - were rather more profitable than elsewhere. Another response to material conditions was gangsterism. “ (ibid)
De Certeau, Michel The Practice of Everyday Life. 1974; Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. Translated by Steven Rendall.
“One of the player's childhood friends, BranwynnScheeders,said: "There's another big gang-fight going on at the moment. We had a funeral last week and there's another one at the weekend too.
"It's all over drug-dealing — 'tic', cocaine and heroin. Westbury has improved since Steven lived here but after the shootings everyone is scared to go out at night.
"The real problem is the police — they are afraid to come in here. A lot of them get paid off by the gangsters and murders aren't solved.’
“Coloured community in South Africa by the fact that race has always been used as a marker of difference. During the apartheid era, the position of Coloured communities, and Westbury in particular, was circumscribed by the politics of segregation. This marginalisation was exacerbated by the ‘justifiable’ view from the outside, based on evidence of police records and media reports, of Coloured culture as violent and unstable.” (p2)
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“This project begins with the notion that in ‘entering through the backdoor’ one is able to look past the stigmas that brand a community such as Westbury: stigmas which entrench and exacerbate the divide between a desolate past and a hopeful future. ”