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Urban Social Engineering and Revolutionary Consciousness

Jason Hickel

in Democracy as Death: The Moral Order of Anti-Liberal Politics in South Africa

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520284227
eISBN:
9780520959866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284227.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter moves from the homestead to its symbolic antithesis, the township. The National Democratic Revolution gained traction in Natal’s townships—as opposed to more rural areas—because of the ... More


The People’s Justice: Historical Antecedents of Contemporary Vigilantism

Nicholas Rush Smith

in Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190847180
eISBN:
9780190847227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190847180.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

What are the historical antecedents of post-apartheid vigilantism? Much literature explains contemporary South African vigilantism as a legacy of counterrevolutionary attempts to suppress youthful ... More


Rights in Translation: Vigilantism and the Meanings of Institutional Effectiveness and Failure

Nicholas Rush Smith

in Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190847180
eISBN:
9780190847227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190847180.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

If as is often argued, vigilante violence is caused by failures in policing, why would crowds attack suspects under arrest? To answer this question, this chapter examines a 2006 case in which two ... More


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