Suburban Fear, Media and Gated Communities in Durban, South Africa

Author/Creator ORCID




Towson University. Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice


Citation of Original Publication

Durington, M. (2009). Suburban fear, media and gated communities in Durban, South Africa. Home Cultures, (6)1, 71-88. doi: 10.2752/174063109X380026



A disjuncture between the reality of crime and its perception has created a culture of fear within South Africa that bolsters gated community development and an accompanying fear industry that supports media, private security companies, and a number of other industries that provide security apparatuses. Is the establishment of gated communities an irrational response to perceptions of crime in South Africa in the twenty-first century? Or, are they deemed necessary in a perceived culture of violence that exists in the country? The article explores these questions through ethnographic research with residents of a gated community and the security company hired to provide security for the estate reflecting on the reality and perceptions of crime in the "New" South Africa.