The 'dialectics of toil': Reflections on the politics of space after apartheid

Colloquium | April 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 80 Barrows Hall

 Anne-Maria Makhulu, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University Law

 Center for African Studies, Department of Anthropology

This event is a collaboration of CAS Africa Colloquium Series and Anthropology 183 - The Anthropology of Africa (Ferme).

Since the end of the liberation struggle South Africa’s cities have become crucial spaces of self-determination and lively community democracy. Yet their form has changed very little instead highlighting the persistence of poverty (and racism) within neoliberal, post-apartheid capitalism that the transition promised to end. This article explores the enduring quality of deep economic and social marginalization, specifically in the context of Cape Town’s informal settlements, which reflect both collective desires for “rights to the city” and their denial.

Lunch will NOT be served.

 "The 'dialectics of toil': Reflections on the politics of space after apartheid." Anthropological Quarterly 83.3 (2010): 551-580.

Anne-Maria B. Makhulu, Associate Professor, Duke University, Cultural Anthropology