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Prof Sophie Oldfield

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  • S. Oldfield (2007). Who's Serving Whom: Partners, Processes and Products in Service Learning Projects in South African Urban Geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, forthcoming.
  • S. Oldfield (2007). Teaching through Service-Leaning Projects in Urban Geography Courses at the University of Cape Town. In: Higher Education Quality Committee/ JET Education Services. Service-Learning in the Disciplines: Lessons from the Field. Pretoria: Council on Higher Education.
  • Oldfield, S. & Stokke, K. (2006). Polemical Politics, the Local Politics of Community Organising, and Neoliberalism in South Africa. In Peck, J., Leitner, H., & Sheppard, E. Contesting Neoliberalism: The Urban Frontier. Connecticut: Guildford Press.
  • Oldfield, S. & Stokke, K. (2006). Building Unity in Diversity: Social Movement Activistm in the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign. In: Habib, A., Valodia, I., & Ballard, R. Globalisation, Marginalisation and New Social Movements. Durban: University of KwaZulu Natal Press, pp. 25-49.
  • Gervais-Lambony P., Landy F., and Oldfield S. (2005). Reconfiguring Identities and Building Territory in India and South Africa. New Delhi: Manohar. ISBN: 81-7304-666-2.
  • K. Peters and S. Oldfield (2005). The Paradox of 'Free Basic Water' and Cost Recovery in Grabouw: Increasing Household Debt and Municipal Financial Loss. Urban Forum, 16(4): 311-334.
  • S. Oldfield (2005). Moving beyond polemics: Civil society politics in South Africa. Critical Dialogue, 2(1): 12-19.
  • Oldfield, S. & Boulton, J. (2005). Through the Back Door: Young People's Gendered Negotiation of the Housing Crisis in Cape Town, South Africa. In Mapetla, M, & Schlyter, A. Gender, Generations and Urban Living Conditions in Southern Africa. Roma, Lesotho: Institute of Southern African Studies, pp. 237-262.
  • Gervais-Lambony P., Landy F., and Oldfield S. (Eds) (2005). Reconfiguring Identities and Building Territory in India and South Africa. New Delhi: Manohar. ISBN: 81-7304-666-2. p. 1-9.
  • Oldfield, S. (2005). Urban Transition in South Africa. Negotiating Segregation. In: Gervais-Lambony P., Landy F., and Oldfield S. (Eds.). Reconfiguring Identities and Building Territory in India and South Africa. New Delhi: Manohar. ISBN: 81-7304-666-2. p. 325-342.
  • Stokke, K. & Oldfield, S. (2004). Social Movements, Socio-Economic Rights and Substantial Democracy in South Africa. In: Harriss, J., Stokke, K. & O. Törnquist (Eds.) Politicising Democracy: The New Local Politics of Democratisation in Developing Countries. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • S. Oldfield, S. Parnell and A. Mabin (2004). Engagement and Reconstruction in Critical Research: Negotiating Urban Practice, Policy and Theory in South Africa. Journal of Social and Cultural Geography, 5(2): 285-300.
  • S. Oldfield and K. Stokke (2004). Building unity in diversity: Social movement activism in the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign. Report for Globalisation, Marginalisation and Post-Apartheid Social Movements, Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu Natal, pp. 1-50.
  • S. Oldfield (2004). Intersecting urban networks, community organising, and race: An analysis of integration in a desegregated South African neighborhood. Geoforum, 35(2): 189-201.
  • S. Oldfield. (2004). Differentiation in South African and Indian Cities. Geoforum, 35(2): 143-144.
  • S. Oldfield (2003). Elos faltantes: Iniciativas de estado e de vizinhança contra o crime urbano na Africa do Sul. Cadernos, IPPUR/UFRJ, vol. XVI, n. 2, ago-dez. 2002, p. 135-157, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Millstein, M., Oldfield, S. & Stokke, K. (2003). uTshani BuyaKhuluma - The Grass Speaks: The Political Space and Capacity of the South African Homeless People's Federation. Geoforum, Vol. 34: 457-468.
  • S. Oldfield (2003). Missing links: neighborhood and state initiatives against crime in Cape Town, South Africa. In Sassen, S. and Marcotullio, P., UNESCO Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Volume on Urban Sustainability. New York: United Nations Press.
  • S. Oldfield. (2002). Local state restructuring and urban transformation in post-apartheid Cape Town. GeoJournal. Vol. 57(1-2): 39-47.
  • S. Oldfield. (2002) Partial formalisation and its implications for community governance in an informal settlement. Urban Forum, 13, 2: 102-115.
  • S. Oldfield (2002). Embedded Autonomy and the challenges of developmental local government. In Parnell, S., Pieterse, E., Swilling, M., and Wooldridge, D. (eds.) Democratising Local Government: The South African Experiment. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press. 97-109.
  • S. Oldfield (2001). The South African state in transition: a question of form, function and fragmentation of education policy. In J. Pampallis and E. Motala, Education and Equity: The impact of state policies in South African Education. London: Ashgate (2002); South Africa: Heinemann (2001). 32-52.
  • S. Oldfield. (2000). The centrality of community capacity in state low-income housing provision in Cape Town, South Africa. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 24(4): 858-872.
  • S. Oldfield and J.D. Robinson (2000). Transition in Southern Africa: Opportunities for Engagement. South African Geographical Journal. Vol. 82, No.1.
  • B. Lohnert, S. Oldfield, and S. Parnell (1998). Post-apartheid social polarisations: The creation of sub-urban identities in Cape Town. South African Geographical Journal. Vol. 80, No. 2: 86-92.
  • B. Lohnert, S. Oldfield, S. Parnell (1998). Politiques urbanines et identities locales dans la ville post-apartheid, Etude comparee de deux quartiers du Cap. Geographie et cultures. No. 28: 61-76.
  • S. Oldfield and S. Parnell (1998). Developmental Local Government in South Africa. Braamfontein, South Africa: The Urban Sector Network.
  • A.I. Samatar and S. Oldfield (1995). Class and Effective State Institutions: the Botswana Meat Commission. Journal of Modern African Studies. Vol. 33, No. 4: 651-668.