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See detailExpanding spaces of participation: insights from an infrastructural project in rural Nepal
Cima, Ottavia UL

in Geographica Helvetica (2015), 70(4), 353-361

The spread of participatory development worldwide has multiplied opportunities for local population to engage in paid and unpaid development activities. However, scholars have pointed out that ... [more ▼]

The spread of participatory development worldwide has multiplied opportunities for local population to engage in paid and unpaid development activities. However, scholars have pointed out that participatory approaches bear the risk of strengthening unequal social structures, despite their emphasis on democratisation and inclusion. This paper investigates the case of a Swiss-funded infrastructural project in rural Nepal, analysing the role of participatory spaces in the dynamics of development resource capture. The empirical material collected suggests that, although participatory development has created more opportunities for social mobility, these opportunities are not necessarily open to everyone. In the case studied, the transformational potential of participation is only partially fulfilled. [less ▲]

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See detailVidéosurveillance à Johannesburg : impacts sur la population et le territoire
Oesch, Lucas UL

in Geographica Helvetica (2007), 62(2), 123-131

In order to combat violence and criminality, Johannesburg, in its striving to become a «world-class city», has installed a closed circuit television system in its Central Business District (CBD). The ... [more ▼]

In order to combat violence and criminality, Johannesburg, in its striving to become a «world-class city», has installed a closed circuit television system in its Central Business District (CBD). The article analyses the social and spatial effects of this modern surveillance technology. It is argued that surveillance by camera essentially aims at protecting important areas. Its effect on reducing criminality does not appear to be as certain. Furthermore, closed circuit television has contributed towards a new territorialisation of space in the wake of Apartheid and towards the introduction of a privatized public culture. This means that a whole segment of the population appears to be excluded from such areas on socio-economic grounds. [less ▲]

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