Voices that Reason: Theoretical Parables

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Voices that Reason is a path-breaking work. The author has charted the thoroughfares that speed the thought of many black South Africans towards specific expectations, grievances and actions. The present work constitutes an important and thought-provoking culmination of a generation's worth of disparate but related revisionist thinking within the social sciences and history of South Africa.

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'This is an extremely original and fascinating book: one of the rare books which I am confident will have considerable impact on how contemporary identities are conceptualized'.
Pal Ahluwalia, Goldsmith College London.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781868882786
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Imagined South Africa Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Ari Sitas is a writer and a sociologist; he holds a chair in Industrial Sociology and his work focuses on labour, politics and culture within the parameters of the "new" global economy. He has served as President of the South African Sociological Association and the executive of the International Sociological Association (where he is currently serving as a Vice-President.) He is also a well-recognised creative poet, writer and dramatist.
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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Theoretical parables 1
1 The parables 3
Sect. 2 Beyond Afropessimism 13
1 Beyond Afropessimism - development and identity in a globalising world 15
2 Exploiting phumelele nene - postmodernism, intellectual work and ordinary lives 25
Sect. 3 Sociological parables and sociological practice 37
1 Inqol' emasondosondo! : for a sociology of civic virtue 39
2 Fencing, cutting, transgressing 51
3 The invisible labour process - a study of daydreams at work 70
4 Parables of orality, identity and survival 87
5 Emancipation, civic virtue and the social 104
6 The riddle of traditions and diversity 114
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