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South Africa's Insurgent Citizens: On Dissent and the Possibility of Politics

Brown, Julian

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ISBN 10: 1783602988 / ISBN 13: 9781783602988
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Title: South Africa's Insurgent Citizens: On ...

Publisher: Zed Books

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A lively and argumentative analysis of contemporary South African politics that shows how the dream of a 'rainbow nation' consensus has fractured, making space for new political possibilities to emerge. Num Pages: 176 pages. BIC Classification: 1HFMS; JHB; JPWF. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 225 x 145 x 18. Weight in Grams: 388. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781783602988

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Synopsis: Twenty years on from South Africa's first democratic election, the post-apartheid political order is more fractured, and more fractious, than ever before. Police violence seems the order of the day - whether in response to a protest in Ficksburg, or a public meeting outside a mine in Marikana. For many, this has signalled the end of the South African dream. Politics, they declare, is the preserve of the corrupt, the self-interested, the incompetent, and the violent. They are wrong. In South Africa's Insurgent Citizens, Julian Brown argues that a new kind of politics can be seen on the streets and in the courtrooms of the country. This politics is made by a new kind of citizen - one that is neither respectful nor passive, but instead insurgent. The collapse of the dream of a consensus politics is not a cause for despair. South Africa's political order is fractured, and in its cracks new forms of activity, new leaders and new movements are emerging.

Product Description: Twenty years after South Africa?s first democratic election, the nation?s politics are more fractious than ever before. The lofty dreams of the early days of the post-apartheid era have dissolved into cynicism in the face of incessant police violence, the quashing of dissent, and the spread of corruption. To many South Africans today, politics is a failed enterprise, the preserve only of the corrupt, the self-interested, the incompetent, and the violent.

With this book, Julian Brown mounts a powerful, polemic argument against that sort of despair. Politics is alive and well in South Africa?if you know where to look. Brown reveals a new kind of politics, in the streets and the courtrooms, a politics created by a new kind of citizen, one that is neither respectful nor passive, but insurgent. South African politics, Brown argues, may be fractured?but it?s in those very cracks that a powerful new movement is beginning to grow.

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