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Re-imagining the Social in South Africa: Critique and Post-apartheid Knowledge (Paperback)

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ISBN 10: 1869141792 / ISBN 13: 9781869141790
Edité par University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa, 2009
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture souple
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Language: English . Brand New Book. As apartheid ended, why did the South African academy shift from critique to subservience? Why have common-sense explanations of the social world of South Africans replaced searching questions? Why are conversations on social issues in South Africa controlled by technology, management and, until their recent collapse, the idea of markets? Why has serious thought in the new South Africa become an indecent activity? These, and other, questions are at the heart of this book which brings social theory to bear on social practice to disrupt received conceptions and representations of the social in the post-apartheid South Africa. This subversive volume seeks to revive the tradition of intellectual argument that marked apartheid s final years. Using critical theoretical perspectives, the contributors offer explanations of narrowly focused post-apartheid discourses, and imagine different orderings of contemporary South African life. Re-imagining the Social in South Africa aims to revitalise thinking on twenty-first century South Africa by positioning the humanities, especially its critical spirit, at the very centre of the national conversation. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9781869141790

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Titre : Re-imagining the Social in South Africa: ...

Éditeur : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre :New

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As apartheid ended, why did the South African academy shift from critique to subservience? Why have common sense explanations of the social world of South Africans replaced searching questions? Why are conversations on social issues in South Africa controlled by technology, management, and, until their recent collapse, the idea of markets? Why has serious thought in the new South Africa become an indecent activity? These, and other, questions are at the heart of this book, which brings social theory to bear on social practice to disrupt received conceptions and representations of the social in post-apartheid South Africa. This subversive volume seeks to revive the tradition of intellectual argument that marked apartheid's final years. Using critical theoretical perspectives, the contributors offer explanations of narrowly focused, post-apartheid discourses, and imagine different orderings of contemporary South African life. Re-imagining the Social in South Africa revitalizes thinking on 21st-century South Africa by positioning the humanities, especially its critical spirit, at the very center of the national conversation.

About the Author:

Heather Jacklin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research interests relate to understanding teaching as a practice and the social justice implications of practices within the field of education. Peter Vale is Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics, Rhodes University, South Africa. His interests include social thought in South Africa, critical theory and the future of the Humanities. Most recently, he has published on social theory and Southern Africa security, the Cold War thought and the origins of international relations in South Africa. Currently, he is working on a book on cartoons and South African foreign policy.

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