Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa / Edition 1

Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa / Edition 1

by Gillian Hart, Gillian Hart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520237560

ISBN-13: 9780520237568

Pub. Date: 01/06/2003

Publisher: University of California Press


Combining richly detailed empirical research on transnational connections with bold and imaginative theoretical argument, this innovative study offers fresh critical understandings of globalization and unique insights into post-apartheid South Africa. Based on research conducted between 1994 and 2001, Gillian Hart traces political dynamics in two former white…  See more details below

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Combining richly detailed empirical research on transnational connections with bold and imaginative theoretical argument, this innovative study offers fresh critical understandings of globalization and unique insights into post-apartheid South Africa. Based on research conducted between 1994 and 2001, Gillian Hart traces political dynamics in two former white towns and adjacent black townships in the province of KwaZulu-Natal that are major sites of Taiwanese investment. Focusing on East Asian connections with these places, and on histories and memories of racialized dispossession, she highlights the fragility of the neoliberal project in post-apartheid South Africa. She also suggests how rethinking the "land question" in terms of a social wage could connect a variety of ongoing struggles. Hart provides a clear sense of how and why both popular and academic discourses of globalization are so deeply disabling. Readers will come away with more politically empowering understandings of social change in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520237568
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/06/2003
Series:
California Studies in Critical Human Geography Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
Ch. 1Re-Placing Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa16
Pt. IForging Places
Ch. 2'The Land of our Comfort': Regional Contours of Agrarian Transformation59
Ch. 3Losing Ground and Making Space: Dispossession and Township Formation96
Ch. 4Manufacturing Connections: Labor, Township, and Industrial Politics127
Pt. IITransnational Trajectories
Ch. 5Taiwanese Networks in Newcastle: The Production of Knitwear and of Difference165
Ch. 6The China Connection: Agrarian Questions in an Era of Globalization198
Pt. IIIPost-Apartheid Possibilities
Ch. 7Accumulating Tensions: Remaking the Local State235
Ch. 8Enabling Alternatives: Re-Envisioning the Future290
Postscript and Acknowledgements314
Appendix323
Notes328
Select Bibliography350
Index373

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