Race And Reconciliation
Essays From The New South Africa
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Series: Public Worlds
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Earlier versions of parts of this book have appeared in the journals Common Knowledge, Theoria, The South African Journal of Philosophy, and Current Writing, and in the edited volume blank: architecture, apartheid, and after. Sections of the book have been presented to the Cornell University Humanities Center; ...
1985. P. W. Botha, expected to make a speech announcing massive reform of the crumbling apartheid state, instead refuses to “cross the Rubicon.” Overnight the rand devalues by more than 100 percent in a country already embroiled in war, chaos, township violence, and spiraling state terror. ...
1 The Coat of Many Colors: Truth and Reconciliation
Joseph, seventeen years old, was a shepherd, along with his brothers. Israel, their father, loved Joseph more than his other sons, for he was his father’s late lamb, the son of his old age. One day, Israel had a special coat, sewn of long sleeves and dazzling colors, made for him. ...
2 Soweto’s Taxi, America’s Rib
Rainbow Nation: the guiding image of early postapartheid South Africa. Rainbow Nation: an image that had great currency during the mid- to late 1990s, the image of a society where, finally, each band of color would chromatically harmonize with all others while retaining its own distinctiveness. ...
3 Afro-Medici: Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance
Semper aliquid novi ex Africa: “Always something new from Africa.” The African renaissance. So many words: indabas and bosberade, i.e., meetings, conferences, discussions, pronouncements, speeches. So many words about words. In a language that everyone can understand. ...
4 Racial and Nonracial States and Estates
Presenting a paper to the University of Natal History Seminar in April 2000, the South African sociologist Gerry Mare began in this way: ...
5 The Genealogy of Modern South African Architecture
Public and private. North and south. We begin in the north, in public, at the center, to understand the periphery, the public, the private, the south. ...
6 Postmodernists of the South
Dali Tambo, son of Oliver of past African National Congress fame and host for the dazzling and inventive television show People of the South, appears in the lightness of a complete African wardrobe, his long green garment flowing to the ground as effusively as his gestures. ...
7 Ongoing Struggle at the End of History
One person dead and one hundred and fifty thousand demonstrating at the G8 Summit in Genoa. Demonstrations against the injustice in globalization in Seattle, Davos, São Paolo. All this at the end of history. Africa in shambles, and all this at the end of history. ...