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Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa

Thomas Blom Hansen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152950
eISBN:
9781400842612
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152950.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The end of apartheid in 1994 signaled a moment of freedom and a promise of a nonracial future. With this promise came an injunction: define yourself as you truly are, as an individual, and as a ... More


Autonomy, Freedom, and Political Speech

Thomas Blom Hansen

in Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152950
eISBN:
9781400842612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152950.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the development of political institutions of autonomy that were designed for Indians during the apartheid years. It unravels the pervasive sense of unreality and absurdity that ... More


Movement, Sound, and Body in the Postapartheid City

Thomas Blom Hansen

in Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152950
eISBN:
9781400842612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152950.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the rise of new forms of cultural mobility in the postapartheid city, particularly, the rise of the kombi taxi and its massive sound system as the most striking innovation in ... More


Global Hindus and Pure Muslims: Universalist Aspirations and Territorialized Lives

Thomas Blom Hansen

in Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152950
eISBN:
9781400842612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152950.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes the quest for religious purification that arose from the Indian middle class in South Africa. It talks about the power and attractiveness of neo-Hindu movements in South Africa ... More


Kwaito's Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa

Gavin Steingo

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226362403
eISBN:
9780226362687
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362687.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book examines kwaito, a form of electronic music that emerged alongside the democratization of South Africa in the mid-1990s and came to represent the voice of the black youth in the ... More


Present Imperfect: Contemporary South African Writing

Andrew van der Vlies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198793762
eISBN:
9780191835551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793762.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, World Literature

Present Imperfect asks how South African writers have responded to the end of apartheid, to the hopes that attended the birth of the ‘new’ nation in 1994, and to the inevitable disappointments that ... More


Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa

Ashley Currier

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678006
eISBN:
9781452948195
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678006.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Visibility matters to activists—to their social and political relevance, their credibility, their influence. But invisibility matters, too, in times of political hostility or internal crisis. This ... More


Signs of the Times: Commercial Road Mapping and National Identity Insouth Africa

Thomas J. Bassett

in Decolonizing the Map: Cartography from Colony to Nation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226422787
eISBN:
9780226422817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226422817.003.0009
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

This paper argues that commercial road maps of South Africa do more than assist the traveler to get from one town or neighborhood to the next. They work, through their discourse function and sign ... More


On Display and in Storage: Museums and Archives in Postapartheid South Africa

Sara Byala

in A Place That Matters Yet: John Gubbins’s MuseumAfrica in the Postcolonial World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226030272
eISBN:
9780226030449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226030449.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

This chapter examines the successes and failures of MuseumAfrica over the last eighteen years, through its first postapartheid decade and beyond. This narrative is, on one level, about who liked the ... More


New Situations Demand Old Magic: Necklacing in South Africa, Past and Present

Nicholas Rush Smith

in Global Lynching and Collective Violence: Volume 1: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040801
eISBN:
9780252099304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040801.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Nicholas Rush Smith’s chapter explores collective violence in postapartheid South Africa, where vigilante violence involving an attempt to necklace alleged criminals has been common. That the ... More


“Negro and White Unite”: The Communist Party’s Campaign against Lynching in Indiana and Maryland, 1930–1933

Dean J. Kotlowski

in Global Lynching and Collective Violence: Volume 2: The Americas and Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041389
eISBN:
9780252099984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041389.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Nicholas Rush Smith’s chapter explores collective violence in postapartheid South Africa, where vigilante violence involving an attempt to necklace alleged criminals has been common. That the ... More


Justice and the Art of Transition

Carrol Clarkson

in Drawing the Line: Toward an Aesthetics of Transitional Justice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254156
eISBN:
9780823260898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254156.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the implications of various attempts to imagine, cross, and redraw existing lines in South Africa’s postapartheid cultural, political, and legal landscapes. The discussions play ... More


Who Are We?

Carrol Clarkson

in Drawing the Line: Toward an Aesthetics of Transitional Justice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254156
eISBN:
9780823260898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254156.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Several South African novels written after 1994 explore questions of personal, cultural and political identity as characters test their inherited values and beliefs in different and often unfamiliar ... More


When Theory Becomes a Material Force: Gramsci’s Conjunctural Natures

Alex Loftus

in Everyday Environmentalism: Creating an Urban Political Ecology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816665716
eISBN:
9781452946849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816665716.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

This chapter differs from other in the book in that it works far more directly with the conjunctural politics of postapartheid South Africa. Seeking to build on the example of Antonio Gramsci, for ... More


Marital Rape and the Law: The Condition of Black Township Women in South Africa’s Democracy

Judith L. Singleton

in Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage, and Social Change in Global Context

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190238360
eISBN:
9780190615208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190238360.003.0007
Subject:
Social Work, Crime and Justice

This chapter on South Africa presents two case studies of Black township women in relation to the cultural practice of lobolo and two laws regarding marital rape. The laws are the Family Violence Act ... More


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