Shebeens as spaces and places of informality, enterprise, drinking and sociability

Charman A. J. E., Petersen L. M. and Govender T. (2014) Shebeens as spaces and places of informality, enterprise, drinking and sociability. South African Geographical Journal, 96 1: 31-49. doi:10.1080/03736245.2014.896281

Author Charman A. J. E.
Petersen L. M.
Govender T.
Title Shebeens as spaces and places of informality, enterprise, drinking and sociability
Journal name South African Geographical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2151-2418
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03736245.2014.896281
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 96
Issue 1
Start page 31
End page 49
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
1900 Earth and Planetary Sciences
Abstract The paper explores the complex role of drinking in Sweet Home Farm (an informal settlement) through an examination of its contextual setting and its spatial characteristics. It examines, through a social-spatial ethnographic method and focus on a series of case studies, how shebeens are positioned in terms of their relationship to urban settlement, their role in providing publicly accessible venues within an over-crowed slum and influence on drinking outcomes. Our analysis of space focuses on the context of the informal settlement as an (un)regulated space which permits emergent spatial expressions and arrangements. Through a detail examination of four case studies, we consider the intimate configuration and organisation (place) of specific venues. From the perspective of place, the analysis examines the use (and non-use) of equipment/objects and internal architecture to define the character of particular typologies of establishments and their positioning vis-a-vis market niches. We reflect on the role and impact of shebeens on life within Sweet Home Farm, both in terms of providing space for socialisation and in supporting diverse cultures of drinking and business forms.
Keyword Western Cape
Urban studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Alcohol, Poverty and the South African City

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