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“The books were just the props”: Public Libraries and Contested Space in the Cape Flats Townships in the 1980s

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Title: “The books were just the props”: Public Libraries and Contested Space in the Cape Flats Townships in the 1980s
Author(s): Dick, Archie L.
Subject(s): Libraries and society Public Libraries Libraries in South Africa
Abstract: This article examines the relationship between public libraries and social change in South Africa during the 1980s. It focuses on libraries in selected townships on the Cape Flats. It concludes that debates about the public library’s success or failure as an instrument of social change cannot overlook the idea of contested space in which the live discussion, debate, and circulation of ideas precludes and includes the use of books and libraries.
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 55 (3) Winter 2007: 698–715.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3702
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2007 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-28
 

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