From Revolution To Rights In South Africa

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Critics of liberalism in Europe and North America argue that a stress on 'right talk' and identify politics has led to fragmentation, individualisation and depoliticisation. But are these developments really signs of 'the end of politics'?
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An important addition to the literature which draws attention to the 'ambiguous and contradictory character' of rights-based discourses in South Africa. (It) is a must read for anyone interested in the nature of democracy and identity in the post-apartheid era. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW In this magnificent book, unearthing case studies from academic journals, Robins examines rights-based social movements and the resurgence of the 'traditional' in communal identity politics. Highly recommended. CHOICE This illuminating post-apartheid ethnography deserves close study by anyone concerned with popular politics in the globalising South. Robins freely intersperses high-level social theory with carefully selected case studies and vignettes. TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT (...) an important book, setting out as it does a strong argument for rejecting some of the more cynical analyses suggesting an end of politics. Based on some rich empirical case studies it offers some fascinating insights into the post-apartheid dilemmas in South Africa. - Ian Scoones, IDS, Sussex
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847012012
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: From Revolution to Rights

2 Activist Mediations of 'Rights' & Indigeneous Identity: Land Struggles, NGOs & Indigeneous Rights in Namaqualand

3 Citizens & 'Bushmen': The [is not equal to]khomoni San, NGOs, & the Making of a New Social Movement

4 'Civil Society' & Popular Politics in the Postcolony: 'Deep Democracy' & Deep Authoritarianism at the Tip of Africa?

5 AIDS, Science & the Making of a Social Movement: AIDS Activism & Biomedical Citizenship in South Africa

6 Rights Passages from 'Near Death' to 'New Life': AIDS Activism & New HIV-identities in South Africa

7 Sexual Rights & Sexual Cultures: AIDS Activism, Sexual Politics & 'New Masculinities' after Apartheid

8 Conclusion: Beyond Rights & the Limits of Liberalism



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