Imagining the Post-Apartheid State: An Ethnographic Account of Namibia
By: John T. Friedman (author)Paperback
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In northwest Namibia, people's political imagination offers a powerful insight into the post-apartheid state. Based on extensive anthropological fieldwork, this book focuses on the former South African apartheid regime and the present democratic government; it compares the perceptions and practices of state and customary forms of judicial administration, reflects upon the historical trajectory of a chieftaincy dispute in relation to the rooting of state power and examines everyday forms of belonging in the independent Namibian State. By elucidating the State through a focus on the social, historical and cultural processes that help constitute it, this study helps chart new territory for anthropology, and it contributes an ethnographic perspective to a wider set of interdisciplinary debates on the State and state processes. John T. Friedman is Associate Professor of Socio-cultural Anthropology at the Roosevelt Academy of Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Before training as an anthropologist at Cambridge University, he worked in the field of international development. He has been researching and working in Namibia since 1993.
John T. Friedman is Associate Professor of Socio-cultural Anthropology at the University College Roosevelt of Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Before training as an anthropologist at Cambridge University, he worked in the field of international development. He has been researching and working in Namibia since 1993.
List of Figures List of Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1. Imagining States Chapter 2. State Imaginings PART I: GOVERN-MENTALITY IN KAOKOLAND Chapter 3. 'How Do You Feeling about Freedom' Chapter 4. The Art of Being Governed PART II: COURTS, LAWS, AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE Chapter 5. In the Matter of The State v. Custom Chapter 6. Judicial Statements Chapter 7. Legal States of Imagination and their Effect PART III: CHIEFSHIP AND THE POST-APARTHEID STATE Chapter 8. Making Politics, Making History Chapter 9. 'Tradition', Authority and the State in Northern Kaokoland Conclusion Chapter 10. Towards an Ethnography of the (Namibian) State Notes References Index
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