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Urban Film and Everyday Practice

Bridging Divisions in Johannesburg


Part of the Screening Spaces book series (SCSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alexandra Parker
    Pages 1-27
  3. Alexandra Parker
    Pages 29-63
  4. Alexandra Parker
    Pages 65-101
  5. Alexandra Parker
    Pages 103-132
  6. Alexandra Parker
    Pages 133-164
  7. Alexandra Parker
    Pages 165-191
  8. Alexandra Parker
    Pages 193-207
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-242

About this book


This book explores the ways in which films of Johannesburg assist residents of the city to bridge the divisions and inequalities of contemporary urban space through the four lenses of materiality, identity, mobility, and crime. Films influence the everyday practices of urban residents and contribute to their knowledge of the city. Urban Film and Everyday Practice examines the relationship between the city, and its representations through the four themes, to deconstruct the complexity of the city and to understand the complicated nature of residents’ interactions with urban space. Johannesburg serves as a case study for examining the divisions and inequalities that cities around the globe are currently facing. 


Film Urban Johannesburg Everyday practice South Africa Representation Materiality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

About the authors

 Alexandra Parker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She teaches first year courses in the Wits School of Architecture and Planning, South Africa. She serves on the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation board, actively campaigning to save the city’s heritage.  

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