Alcohol control, poverty and development in South Africa

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King's College London

 

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This research explores how the lived relationships between alcohol control (as a debate, field of study, policies and practices), poverty and development in South Africa (SA) are manifested among Cape Town's (CT) poorest residents.

While SA's urgent alcohol control debate is principally cast as a matter of public health, it also broaches concerns over urban and social development, poverty alleviation, security and post-apartheid social policy.

This research therefore focuses on the practices and consequences of drinking as a platform from which to develop a renewed approach to the contemporary politics of the developing city. Drawing on policy analysis, health survey data, stakeholder interviews counterposed with in-depth interviews and small group meetings across four case study townships and informal settlements in CT, the project examines how the lived experiences of drinking are understood and taken up in the policymaking process. By this means, it also interrogates the conditions under which these practices become "problematic".

The projects thus aims to contribute to prescient debates in development studies, geography, urban studies and public health; and provide a qualitative body of research to the ongoing popular and policy debate on alcohol and its relationship to broader urban concerns in CT, SA and beyond

King's College London
Clare Beatrice Herrick
Susan Marion Parnell
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Grant Reference: 
RES-167-25-0473
ES/H033351/1
Project Status: 
Closed
Grant Category: 
Research Grant
Lead Organisation Department: 
Geography
Fund Start Date: 
November 1st, 2010
Fund End Date: 
December 31st, 2013
Fund Currency Code: 
GBP
Fund Value: 
204456
accidents
addiction
Alcohol-consumption
alcohol-control-and-regulation
apartheid-socio-racial-policy
city-regeneration/development
city-spaces
development-of-cities
environmental-influences
foetal-alcohol-syndrome
gender
governance-of-alcohol
health-behaviours
health-inequities
HIV/AIDS-transmission
inequality
joblessness
motivations
non-communicable-diseases
politics-of-the-city
post-apartheid-social-policy
poverty-alleviation
poverty-reduction
public-health
racial-and-socio-economic-segregation
risk
security
slum-dwellings
social-and-well-being-effects
social-determinants-of-health
social-exclusion
substance-abuse
TB
township/informal-settlements
unemployment
unsafe-sex
urban-and-social-development
urban-governance
urban-landscape
urban-livelihoods
urbanisation
violence
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