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Author Chance, Kerry Ryan,
Title Living politics in South Africa's urban shacklands / Kerry Ryan Chance.
Imprint Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
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Subject Urban poor -- Political activity -- South Africa.
Squatters -- Political activity -- South Africa.
Political activists -- South Africa.
Environmental degradation -- Political aspects -- South Africa.
Squatter settlements -- South Africa.
Community organization -- South Africa.
South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1994-
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction: elements of living politics -- Fire / Umlilo. "Where there is fire, there is politics": the material life of governance -- Water / Amanzi. Debts of liberal state transition: liquid belonging and consumer citizenship -- Air / Umoya. Coughing out the city: everyday healing in the toxic borderlands -- Land / Umhlaba. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust: how territorial informality builds future cities -- Modular elements. "The anger of the poor can go in many directions": rematerializing identity and difference -- Conclusion: liberal governance and the urban poor revisited
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Summary While much has been written on post-apartheid social movements in South Africa, most discussion centers on ideal forms of movements, disregarding the reality and agency of the activists themselves. In Living Politics, Kerry Ryan Chance radically flips the conversation by focusing on the actual language and humanity of post-apartheid activists rather than the external, idealistic commentary of old. Tracking everyday practices and interactions between poor residents and state agents in South Africa's shack settlements, Chance investigates the rise of nationwide protests since the late 1990s. Based on ethnography in Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, the book analyzes the criminalization of popular forms of politics that were foundational to South Africa's celebrated democratic transition. Chance argues that we can best grasp the increasingly murky line between "the criminal" and "the political" with a "politics of living" that casts slum and state in opposition to one another. Living Politics shows us how legitimate domains of politics are redefined, how state sovereignty is forcibly enacted, and how the production of new citizen identities crystallize at the intersections of race, gender, and class
Note Print version record
ISBN 9780226519838 (electronic bk.)
022651983X (electronic bk.)
9780226519524
022651952X
9780226519661
022651966X
OCLC # 1035556681
Additional Format Print version: Chance, Kerry Ryan. Living politics in South Africa's urban shacklands. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018 9780226519524 (DLC) 2017039629 (OCoLC)975487118.