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Democracy at Home in South Africa : Family Fictions and Transitional Culture (Hardcover) (Kerry Bystrom)
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Since its liberation in 1994, South Africa has been an object of world attention, as an example of how to end conflict without bloodshed and how to create a constitutional regime based on universal human rights - as well as an example of how these dreams can falter when faced with the realities of "freedom" in the neo-liberal world order. Kerry Bystrom argues that while taking such a broad view is of course necessary to understanding South Africa, it can lead to overlooking key aspects of the post-apartheid period as they play out in cultural politics and daily life. Focusing on aesthetic figuration - novels, performance, photography, visual art installations - of diverse home spaces, modes of domestic life, and family histories, Bystrom argues that writers and artists depicting democracy as it unfolds literally at home present a compelling portrait of the intimate and everyday aspects of change that can be overlooked by an inordinate focus on structural concerns. By enacting a form of intimate politics, Bystrom contends that they position private life at the heart of public culture.
Number of Pages: 205
Genre: History, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Anthropology / Cultural, Gender Studies, Africa / South / South Africa
Series Title: Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Kerry Bystrom
Street Date: November 4, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6722
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