Sensory Forticiation in Cape Town, South Africa
How do dwellers and patrons of an upscale crafts and food market in Cape Town experience, understand and navigate personal safety? What does this undertaking tell us about how 'security' is conceived and operates in Cape Town, and our urban settings at large?
In this project I utilize qualitative methdology and conclude that the feeling of safety appears in interviewees when other members of the middle- and upper-class are present, and behave in a way that research participants understand as enjoyment. "Vibes" are central to this navigation. As such, seemingly urban positives such as enjoyment, security and vibes can operate classed exclusion.