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Embodying Cape Town

Engaging the City through its Built Edges and Contact Zones


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Shannon M. Jackson
    Pages 1-15
  3. Shannon M. Jackson
    Pages 17-60
  4. Shannon M. Jackson
    Pages 61-101
  5. Shannon M. Jackson
    Pages 103-147
  6. Shannon M. Jackson
    Pages 149-184
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 185-202

About this book


This book examines the reciprocity that exists between the body and the urban built environment.  It will draw on archival and ethnographic research as well as an interdisciplinary literature on cultural materialism, semiotics, and aesthetics to challenge dualist interpretations of four different points of historical-material contact in Cape Town, South Africa. Each chapter attends to different groups, social practices, and historical periods, but all share the fundamental questions:  how does material culture reflect the way social agents make meaning through bodily contact with urban built form, and how does such meaning challenge the ways bodies are objectified?  Further, how can we make sense of the historical processes embedded in the objectification of bodies without treating the social and the material, the mental and the physical as separate realities?



urbanism cape town contact zone built edge Africa Architecture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MissouriKansas CityUSA

About the authors

Shannon M. Jackson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at University of Missouri, Kansas, USA.

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