Imagining the Post-Apartheid State : : An Ethnographic Account of Namibia / / John T. Friedman.

In northwest Namibia, people’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...

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Place / Publishing House:New York; , Oxford : : Berghahn Books, , [2011]
©2011
Year of Publication:2011
Language:English
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Physical Description:1 online resource (324 p.)
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Other title:Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
List of Figures --
List of Abbreviations --
Acknowledgements --
INTRODUCTION --
Chapter 1 Imagining States --
Chapter 2 State Imaginings --
PART I GOVERN-MENTALITY IN KAOKOLAND --
Chapter 3 ‘How Do You Feeling about Freedom’ --
Chapter 4 The Art of Being Governed --
PART II COURTS, LAWS AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE --
Chapter 5 In the Matter of The State v. Custom --
Chapter 6 Judicial Statements --
Chapter 7 Legal States of Imagination and their Effect --
PART III CHIEFSHIP AND THE POST-APARTHEID STATE --
Chapter 8 Making Politics, Making History --
Chapter 9 ‘Tradition’, Authority and the State in Northern Kaokoland --
CONCLUSION --
Chapter 10 Towards an Ethnography of the (Namibian) State --
Notes --
References --
Index
Summary:In northwest Namibia, people’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.
Format:Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
ISBN:9780857450913
9783110998283
DOI:10.1515/9780857450913
Access:restricted access
Hierarchical level:Monograph
Statement of Responsibility: John T. Friedman.