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Unemployment, marginalisation and survival in Greater East London


  • Richard Haines
  • Geoffrey Wood


This article draws on selected findings of one of a series of surveys conducted by the authors in the Eastern Cape province, dealing broadly with labour market issues. Particular attention is accorded to levels of unemployment, the extent of migrancy, the operation of extended networks of support, and survival strategies. This is followed by a brief look at perceptions of crime, and the extent to which crime is seen as an effective survival mechanism by the most marginalised. It is concluded that economic reconstruction in the province should take account of certain prevailing realities, including the operation of extended networks of support and the relative lack of mobility of the most marginalised, the limited capacity of the informal sector to absorb further numbers of the structurally unemployed, and the relative propensity of the most marginalised to engage in crime as a survival strategy.

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  • Richard Haines & Geoffrey Wood, 2002. "Unemployment, marginalisation and survival in Greater East London," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 573-581.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:19:y:2002:i:4:p:573-581
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835022000019392a

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    1. Pa Black, 2004. "Poverty At The Household Level," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 72(3), pages 413-436, September.

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