Dr Dariusz Dziewanski

Dr Dariusz Dziewanski was awarded the 2023 Joint Award in the category of ‘Emerging Researcher’ for his book Gang Entry and Exit in Cape Town: Getting Beyond the Streets in Africa’s Deadliest City. With his Gang Entry and Exit in Cape Town: Getting beyond the streets in Africa’s deadliest city, Dariusz Dziewanski provides a detailed qualitative account of what it is like to join and later disengage from gangs in Cape Town. Through the life histories of twenty-four former gang members, Dziewanski seeks to understand both the structural force and appeal of gangsterism in street culture, but also the real but challenging possibilities of escaping from it. Dziewanski holds a doctorate from SOAS in London and is currently an Honorary Research Affiliate at the Centre of Criminology in the law faculty at the University of Cape Town.