Youth, Identity and the City

September 18, 2018 - October 13, 2018
Top floor
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Youth, Identity and the City: Activation and Capacity Building Initiative. 

The project focuses on the role of young people in the Cape Town city, by bringing together fourteen young people from two marginalised communities where poverty, youth unemployment and violence are acute.

How do young people from two marginalised communities in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha make sense of and relate to the broader city of Cape Town?

The central concern of this research project is about the involvement of young people in actively creating safer, more socially just and enabling communities.

The research hopes to gain a better understanding of the relationship between spatial inequality, exclusion and youth identity.

In this way, the project hopes to build capacity amongst young people in these two communities.

The project facilitates engagement and builds cohesion across two ethnically diverse groups of young people who are in close proximity geographically, and yet remain very distant in terms
of social interaction and cultural understanding.

The work aims to raise awareness amongst policy makers about the particular experiences and needs of young people and to encourage implementation of appropriate activations.


Dr. Mercy Brown-Luthango