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Title:Popular Justice and Civil Society in Transition: A Report from the 'Front Line' - Natal
Author:Nina, Daniel
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:political systems
popular justice
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=559
Abstract:This paper deals with organs of popular justice - a little 'corner' of civil society - in Natal, South Africa. It is based on research conducted in the communities of Imbali in Pietermaritzburg, in Clermont and in a workers' hostel called Ethekwini, the latter two on the outskirts of Durban. It also includes findings of a survey on perceptions of justice conducted in formal and informal settlements in the communities of Umlazi and Clermont. The aim is to contribute to grasping the importance of civil society for the process of democratizing political society, i.e. the State. This aim has to be contextualized within the current period of political transition in South Africa, where the nature of the transition itself determines the character of the struggle for how radical the eventual democratization of the State will be. The first part develops a basic theoretical framework, including an overview of the South African experience. The second part discusses the three case studies. The third part deals with the findings of the survey research. Bibliogr., notes, ref.