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

Vivier, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3401-0365 and Sanchez-Betancourt, D., 2020. Community leaders as intermediaries: how everyday practices create and sustain leadership in five informal settlements in Cape Town. Leadership. ISSN 1742-7150

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Abstract

Community leaders are expected to navigate between different social and institutional contexts, but they must do so without the direction, authority or legitimacy available to leaders within formal organizations. 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 (L-A-P), 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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Leadership
Creators: Vivier, E. and Sanchez-Betancourt, D.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 9 July 2020
ISSN: 1742-7150
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/1742715020940907DOI
1343773Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Jul 2020 10:14
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 10:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40221

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