Mzansi Afrika

From Johannesburg South Africa, a window on the world

Monday, March 08, 2004

Gated Communities

I had thought that living in gated communities behind high walls, and having suburbs cordoned off by booms was pretty much a South African thing due to the gruesome crime rate over here. Well it would appear that I was wrong. Apparently the emergence of gated communities is a growing urban phenomenon around the world. This practise is receiving attention from a range of professionals including legal practitioners, sociologists, anthropologists, and criminologists, as well as stake-holders - residents, local authorities, and the police. There have also been a growing number of international conferences focusing on gated communities.