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South Africa's Insurgent Citizens : On Dissent and the Possibility of Politics, Paperback / softback Book

South Africa's Insurgent Citizens : On Dissent and the Possibility of Politics Paperback / softback


Twenty years on from South Africa's first democratic election, the post-apartheid political order is more fractured, and more fractious, than ever before.

Police violence seems the order of the day - whether in response to a protest in Ficksburg or a public meeting outside a mine in Marikana.

For many, this has signalled the end of the South African dream.

Politics, they declare, is the preserve of the corrupt, the self-interested, the incompetent and the violent. They are wrong. Julian Brown argues that a new kind of politics can be seen on the streets and in the courtrooms of the country.

This politics is made by a new kind of citizen - one that is neither respectful nor passive, but instead insurgent.

The collapse of the dream of a consensus politics is not a cause for despair.

South Africa's political order is fractured, and in its cracks new forms of activity, new leaders and new movements are emerging.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
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  • Category: Sociology
  • ISBN: 9781783602971

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