Staking out a place amidst shifting soils : understanding contemporary South Africa through social memory

dc.contributor.advisor Lehners, Jean-Paul
dc.contributor.advisor Kmec, Sonja Raber, Richard 2018-09-21T15:52:17Z 2018-09-21T15:52:17Z 2017
dc.description EMA - European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, EIUC en_US
dc.description Second semester University:Université du Luxembourg
dc.description Global Campus - Europe
dc.description.abstract Staking Out a Place Amidst Shifting Soils: Understanding Contemporary South Africa Through Social Memory begins with the premise of global turbulence. The End of History as the global modus operandi rests on unstable ground. Within this context, South Africa is explored, as the nation’s transition has been held up as emblematic of the new and final epoch of human history. The work aims to understand the ways in which various actors conceive their place in society, the state of the nation, as well as visions for the future through story-telling and memory, primarily obtained through interviews. Directly researched issues are apartheid amnesia and discursive limits, performative memory, familial legacies of the past, Rainbowism, Democracy, and contemporary memory. Thematically woven into the research are themes of competing temporalities, debates pertaining to current student movements, the nation’s transitionary period, the Truth and Reconciliation process, controversies over public space and semiotics, and the Marikana Massacre. The work concludes by highlighting a state of uncertainty across different segments of society, a nervousness of sorts. In this context, the work calls for reconceptualising and redefining progress, as well as a new theoretical engagement between human rights and equity. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Global Campus en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Campus awarded theses 2016/2017;
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject memory en_US
dc.subject reconciliation en_US
dc.subject personal narratives en_US
dc.subject truth commission en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject apartheid en_US
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.subject equity en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.subject society en_US
dc.subject social change en_US
dc.title Staking out a place amidst shifting soils : understanding contemporary South Africa through social memory en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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