Thought amidst waste : conjunctural notes on the Democratic Project in South Africa

Pithouse, Richard Michael (2012) Thought amidst waste : conjunctural notes on the Democratic Project in South Africa. In: The Wits Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities, 28 May 2012, Johannesburg. (Unpublished)

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(from the introduction} In a recent essay Achille Mbembe argues that the rendering of human beings as waste by the interface of racism and capitalism in South Africa means that “for the democratic project to have any future at all, it should necessarily take the form of a conscious attempt to retrieve life and 'the human' from a history of waste”. He adds that “the concepts of 'the human', or of 'humanism', inherited from the West will not suffice. We will have to take seriously the anthropological embeddedness of such terms in long histories of "the human" as waste.”

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Racism, Colonialism, Capitalism, South Africa, Politics, ANC
Subjects:J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Africa, Asia, Australia, etc) > Africa
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Political Studies and International Studies
ID Code:3175
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:15 Aug 2012 13:34
Last Modified:22 Sep 2012 15:05
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