Year: 2004
Working paper number: 061
Author: Seekings, Jeremy
Unit: SSU

The Cape Area Study (CAS) comprises an ongoing series of surveys conducted in Cape Town. The surveys have covered and will continue to cover a wide range of topics. Over time, however, CAS will have a quality that is unique in South Africa (and perhaps Africa as a whole), in that there will be an accumulation of data on a focused social setting across a span of time, such that the value of the 'whole' is substantially greater than the 'sum of the parts'. CAS is modelled on the Detroit Area Study, conducted annually since 1951 by the University of Michigan.

Publication file: wp61.pdf