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Community leaders as intermediaries: how everyday practices create and sustain leadership in five informal settlements in Cape Town

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-07T11:15:09Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-07T11:15:09Z
dc.date.issued 2020-09-07 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15422
dc.description.abstract Community leaders are expected to navigate different social and institutional contexts, but they must do so without the direction, authority or legitimacy available to leaders within formal organisations. In this article, we draw on qualitative data from a participation initiative to explore how community leaders get involved in everyday maintenance of public services in informal settlements in Cape Town, in order to understand how they fulfil this intermediary role. Applying the lens of leadership-as-practice, we identify four practices that connect the communities and city, and which facilitate access to public services. We unpack how these practices emerge in and are shaped by the service maintenance system and material conditions of informality. We argue that community leaders fulfil their intermediary role through everyday improvisations to find 'what works', and in the process, they also create and sustain relations of dependence and interdependence that reinforce those very roles. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS en
dc.subject LEADERSHIP en
dc.subject CAPE TOWN en
dc.subject COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION en
dc.title Community leaders as intermediaries: how everyday practices create and sustain leadership in five informal settlements in Cape Town en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume August en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Developmental, Capable and Ethical State en
dc.SourceTitle Leadership en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11451 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10682 en
dc.bibliographictitle Vivier, E. & Sanchez-Betancourt, D. (2020) Community leaders as intermediaries: how everyday practices create and sustain leadership in five informal settlements in Cape Town. <i>Leadership</i>. August:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Vivier, E. en
dc.contributor.author2 Sanchez-Betancourt, D. en


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