Imagining The Post-apartheid State

Imagining The Post-apartheid State

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In northwest Namibia, peoplea€™s political imagination offers a powerful insight into the post-apartheid state. Based on extensive anthropological fieldwork, this book focuses on the former South African apartheid regime and the present democratic government; it compares the perceptions and practices of state and customary forms of judicial administration, reflects upon the historical trajectory of a chieftaincy dispute in relation to the rooting of state power and examines everyday forms of belonging in the independent Namibian State. By elucidating the State through a focus on the social, historical and cultural processes that help constitute it, this study helps chart new territory for anthropology, and it contributes an ethnographic perspective to a wider set of interdisciplinary debates on the State and state processes.I have chosen to capitalise the word a#39;Statea#39; when it appears in reference to this worka#39;s main subject matter. I will continue to do ... For a more critical review, as well as an alternative anthropology of the imagination, see Sneath et al. (2009). 5 . ... Throughout Namibiaa#39;s colonial period, officials used a wide array of vocabulary to denote different categories of Namibian peoples. This lex11. 12. 13 . 14. 15. 16.

Title:Imagining The Post-apartheid State
Author:John T. Friedman
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2013-10-15


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