Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Preface and Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-xii

Writing this book has been painful and difficult. Looking back to the euphoria of 1994, it is emphatically not the book I would have wanted to write as the twentieth anniversary of liberation approaches. The Marikana massacre exploded on 16 August 2012, just as I was trying to bring the book to closure. Marikana and its...

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Note to the U.S. Edition: South Africa after Mandela?

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pp. xiii-xxii

Amid the planetary outpouring of grief following Nelson Mandela’s death on 5 December 2013, fierce debates erupted over his role and legacy in post-apartheid South Africa. Anticipating these debates, the eminent novelist Zakes Mda – son of A. P. Mda, one of the cofounders...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xxiii-xxiv

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1. Contours of Crisis in South Africa

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pp. 1-27

On Thursday, 16 August 2012, South African police and paramilitary units opened fire on striking mineworkers near the town of Marikana in the north-west platinum belt, killing 34 strikers and injuring another 78. Televised images ricocheted around the world, seeming to support the official story that mineworkers...

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2. From Bredell to Marikana: The Dialectics of Protest and Containment

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pp. 28-94

Starting with the Bredell land occupation and ending with the Marikana massacre, this chapter draws on ethnographic engagements, media reports, cartoons and other sources to convey as graphically as possible the turbulent forces that erupted over the (long) decade of the 2000s: proliferating expressions of popular...

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3. The Unruly Terrains of Local Government

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pp. 95-154

On Saturday, 30 October 2004, residents of Ladysmith/Emnambithi marched through the town to protest the handing over of water control from the local municipality to the Uthukela Water Company – a public corporation launched in late June 2004 in north-western...

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4. Revisiting the Transition: De-Nationalisation and Re-Nationalisation

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pp. 155-188

Let me start this chapter with a passage from my book Disabling Globalization. Writing in 2001, I was trying to reconcile the ANC’s hegemonic power and popular appeal with its embrace of neoliberal economic policies that, by the late 1990s, were hitting the working...

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5. The Unravelling of ANC Hegemony: Generations of Populist Politics

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pp. 189-218

Building on the discussion of de-nationalisation and renationalisation in Chapter 4, this chapter turns the spotlight on questions of hegemony. I will argue that articulations of the nation, liberation and the NDR are central to the ANC’s hegemonic project...

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6. Through the Lens of Passive Revolution: The South African Crisis Revisited

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pp. 219-242

In the preface I described how the Marikana massacre erupted on 16 August 2012 just as I was drawing this book to a close, and compelled me to consider a longer lineage of debate around the protracted crisis in South Africa that goes back to Saul and Gelb’s...

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pp. 243-254

Index

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pp. 255-268

Series Page

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