Entangled Identities Inside and Outside: Exploring Cape Town Street Youth’s Interconnected Lives on the Street and in Prison

  • Lorraine van BlerkEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


Carceral geographies have recently been concerned with moving beyond spaces of confinement. However, much of this work has tended to focus on understanding expressions of identity inside while neglecting the implications of the prison experience for identities on the outside. This chapter draws on in-depth narratives with Cape Town street youth, aged between 15 and 28, to explore how their lives are interwoven between the spaces of street and prison and exploring what this means for understanding their identities. The chapter concludes by showing that ‘street’ and ‘prison’ are intricately entangled, influencing identity practices and lived realities on the street.


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  1. 1.Geography, School of Social SciencesUniversity of DundeeDundeeUK

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