Race, Memory and the Apartheid Archive

Towards a Psychosocial Praxis
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  • 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
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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.


Foreword Philomena Essed Introduction: The Apartheid Archive Project, the Psychosocial, and Political Praxis Garth Stevens, Norman Duncan and Derek Hook Section 1: Theorising the Archive Section Introduction: Theorising the Archive Leswin Laubscher Memory, Narrative and Voice as Liberatory Praxis in the Apartheid Archive Garth Stevens, Norman Duncan and Christopher C. Sonn Working with the Apartheid Archive: Or, of Witness, Testimony, and Ghosts Leswin Laubscher Transitioning Racialised Spaces Carol Long Section 2: Whiteness, Blackness and the Diasporic Other Section Introduction: Whiteness, Blackness and the Diasporic Other Brett Bowman Unsettling Whiteness Gillian Straker Archiving White Lives, Historicising Whiteness Kopano Ratele and Leswin Laubscher Engaging with Apartheid Archive Project: Voices from the South African Diaspora in Australia Christopher C. Sonn On Animal Mediators and Psychoanalytic Reading Practice Derek Hook Section 3: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Archive Section Introduction: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Archive Carol Long Intersections of 'Race', Sex and Gender in Narratives on Apartheid Tamara Shefer Desire, Fear and Entitlement: Sexualising Race and Racialising Sexuality in (Re)membering Apartheid Kopano Ratele and Tamara Shefer Gendered Subjectivities and Relational References in Black Women's Narratives of Apartheid Racism LaKeasha G. Sullivan and Garth Stevens Section 4: Method in the Archive Section Introduction: Method in the Archive Christopher C. Sonn On Genealogical Approaches to Working with the Apartheid Archive: A Critical History of the South African Paedophile Brett Bowman and Derek Hook How do we 'Treat' Apartheid History? Derek Hook Self-Consciousness and Impression Management in the Authoring of Apartheid Related Narratives Gillian Eagle and Brett Bowman Decolonisation, Critical Methodologies, and Why Stories Matter Christopher C. Sonn, Garth Stevens and Norman Duncan From the White Interior to an Exterior Blackness: A Lacanian Discourse Analysis of Apartheid Narratives David Pavón-Cuéllar and Ian Parker Appendix A: Narrator Details and Corpus of Narratives Examined in this Volume

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