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Measuring Life: Living Prepaid and the Politics of Numbers after Apartheid

Antina von Schnitzler

in Democracy's Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170770
eISBN:
9781400882991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170770.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the ways in which numbers and measurement became central both to the planning and implementation of Operation Gcin'amanzi and to its opposition. In particular, it examines the ... More


After the Rent Boycotts: Infrastructure and the Politics of Payment

Antina von Schnitzler

in Democracy's Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170770
eISBN:
9781400882991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170770.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the “rent boycotts” of the 1980s to show how infrastructure, the provision of basic services and payments to the state have intersected with larger questions about citizenship ... More


Performing Dignity: Human Rights and the Legal Politics of Water

Antina von Schnitzler

in Democracy's Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170770
eISBN:
9781400882991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170770.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines how the fight against Operation Gcin'amanzi and the prepaid meter led five Phiri residents from Phiri to sue Johannesburg Water and the City of Johannesburg by invoking their ... More


Introduction: Democracy’s Infrastructure, Apartheid’s Debris

Antina von Schnitzler

in Democracy's Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170770
eISBN:
9781400882991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170770.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This book examines how residents' administrative links to the state emerged as a central political terrain during the antiapartheid struggle in South Africa and the ways that this terrain persists in ... More


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