Gang Town by Don Pinnock

By Don Pinnock

Cape city is 2 towns. One is gorgeous past imagining, recognized when you consider that its starting because the 'fairest cape' on the earth. the following travelers come to living room on shorelines, scale misty peaks and dine in positive eating places. the opposite is among the most threatening towns on this planet, the place police want bullet-proof vests and occasionally military backup. right here gangs of younger males rule the evening with heavy calibre handguns, shelling out heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and worry. this can be the tale of the second one urban… In Gang city, investigative journalist and criminologist Don Pinnock attracts on greater than thirty years of study to supply a nuanced and definitive portrait of children stuck up in violent crime.

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It is believed to be brought into Cape Town by Natives from the Transvaal and the Protectorates. In Cape Town the dagga is taken over by wholesalers and then distributed by countless ‘runners’, mostly in the form of kaartjies, which cost only sixpence. Collecting ‘protection’ money was also a natural outcome of the Globe’s original function. The line between ‘protection’ and straight extortion was a fine one. ‘Shops, clubs, cinemas, Indians, Jews, they all came to Mikey’, remembered a gang member.

A related question – and central to this book – is why it is that while for most adolescents, socially deviant behaviour is limited to teen years, some young people get persistently deeper and deeper into trouble from which they find it almost impossible to extract themselves. Part 4, Families in Crisis, explores the familial roots of persistent deviance in the impact of fatherlessness, prenatal epigenetic damage and the problems that compound when affirmation and love are missing. It suggests the disturbing possibility that adverse conditions during pregnancy act as a signal to an unborn child which genetically code for more aggressive adulthood.

3 In a hostile and uncaring world extended families provided a refuge and a domain within which strategies of survival could be worked out. Essential to the survival of the family, of course, were the wage packets brought into it. Like most unskilled earners in the Third World, workers in District Six were paid an extremely low wage, which had to be conserved and stretched. The poor responded to this situation in typical fashion, organising systems of redistribution that helped extend meagre incomes to the limits of their elasticity.

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