Title: South Africa's Insurgent Citizens: On ...
Publisher: Zed Books
Book Condition: New
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
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.
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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