In this Book

University of Minnesota Press
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Justice, truth, and identity; race, society, and law—all come into dramatic play as South Africa makes the tumultuous transition to a post-apartheid democracy. Seeking the timeless through the timely and trying to find the deeper meaning in the sweep of events, Daniel Herwitz brings the vast resources of the philosophical essay to bear on the new realities of post-apartheid South Africa—from racial identity to truth commissions, from architecture to film and television. A public intellectual’s reflections on public life, Herwitz’s essays question how the new South Africa has constructed its concepts of reconciliation and return and how its historical emergence has meant a rethinking, reimagining, reexperiencing, relabeling, and repoliticizing of race. Herwitz’s purpose is to give a philosophical reading of society—a society already relying on implicitly philosophical concepts in its social and political agendas. Working through these concepts, testing their relevance for reading society, his book itself becomes a part of the politics of definition and description in the new South Africa.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxviii
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  1. 1 The Coat of Many Colors: Truth and Reconciliation
  2. pp. 1-46
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  1. 2 Soweto’s Taxi, America’s Rib
  2. pp. 47-68
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  1. 3 Afro-Medici: Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance
  2. pp. 69-103
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  1. 4 Racial and Nonracial States and Estates
  2. pp. 104-127
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  1. 5 The Genealogy of Modern South African Architecture
  2. pp. 128-172
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  1. 6 Postmodernists of the South
  2. pp. 173-195
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  1. 7 Ongoing Struggle at the End of History
  2. pp. 196-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-228
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816694563
Related ISBN
9780816641086
MARC Record
OCLC
191935381
Pages
260
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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