Basic Service Delivery, Public Policy and Social Identity: Understanding Citizenship in the New South Africa

Professor Leslie John Bank
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This presentation is based on an extensive research project currently undertaken in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa into the question of basic service delivery. The project involves questioning 10 000 urban and rural households on their experience and perceptions of basic service delivery. The results of the household survey will be related to other qualitative research undertaken into issues of social identity, citizenship and belonging in the Easern Cape. The paper will explore how the receipt of basic services in formerly disadvantaged communities has transformed local understandings of citizenship. Using the data generated from this project the paper will consider the role of the state and the limits of social transformation in the new South Africa. In exploring these issues the paper will reflect on the current debates about citizenship and the role of the welfare/developmentalist state in process of social change.

Keywords: Public Policy, Social Identity, Basic Service Delivery
Stream: Sociology and Geography, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Professor Leslie John Bank

Director and Professor of the Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research, Professor Leslie John Bank, Institute of Social and Economic Research
East London, South Africa

Professor Bank has a Phd from the University of Cape Town (2002)
He has published extensively in the field of African studies including journals such Africa, African Affairs and Journal of Southern African Studies. He has edited several special collections on South African society and politics including one on land reform in South Africa. He has written a book on urban social change and identity in post-apartheid South Africa with Pluto Press. Professor Bank is involved in numerous research projects and is responsible for two major research programmes with the National Research Foundation in South Africa one in the field of Culture, Heritage and Social Transformation and the other dealing with Rural Development and Food Security. He is currently supervising 5 Phds and 10 Masters by thesis students at Fort Hare University.

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