Race, Memory and the Apartheid ArchiveTowards a Psychosocial Praxis
Contributor(s): Brett Bowman, Carol Long, Christopher C. Sonn, David Pavón-Cuéllar, Derek Hook, Garth Stevens, Gillian Eagle, Gillian Straker, Ian Parker, Kopano Ratele, LaKeasha G. Sullivan, Leswin Laubscher, Norman Duncan, Tamara Shefer
- Publication Date: 2013
- Dimensions and Pages: 216 x 138 mm, 320 pp
- EAN: 978 1 86814 756 4
- Rights: Southern Africa
- Recommended Price (ZAR): 320.00
- Recommended Price (USD): n/a
For decades the global gaze on South African society invariably focused on it as a symbol of the inevitable excesses of social engineering, racism and violence under the apartheid dispensation; with astonishment at the apparent exceptionalism of the ‘miracle’ transition that occurred to democratic rule and the dismantling of apartheid; and, more recently, on the resurgence of newer manifestations of racialisation and violence in post-apartheid South Africa.
This book recognises and confronts this complex history of racialised oppression, as well as the future possibilities and impossibilities of transforming South African society through a re-engagement with the apartheid archive – an archive that allows us to understand the continued impact of the past on our present social, subjective and psychological realities.
Located within a psychosocial approach that is uniquely suited to the socio-historical and psychial analysis of racism, this book relies mainly on the memories, stories and narratives of ordinary people, submitted to the Apartheid Archive Project, as its source material. It provokes us into thinking about racism as grounded as much in affective as in macro-political means, in the functioning of both intrapsychic and material forms, perpetuated as much in private as in institutional domains.