Twenty years on from South Africa's first democratic election, the post-apartheid political order is more fractured, and more fractious, than ever before. Police violence seems the order of the day - whether in response to a protest in Ficksburg or a public meeting outside a mine in Marikana. For many, this has signalled the end of the South African dream. Politics, they declare, is the preserve of the corrupt, the self-interested, the incompetent and the violent.
They are wrong.
Julian Brown argues that a new kind of politics can be seen on the streets and in the courtrooms of the country. This politics is made by a new kind of citizen - one that is neither respectful nor passive, but instead insurgent. The collapse of the dream of a consensus politics is not a cause for despair. South Africa's political order is fractured, and in its cracks new forms of activity, new leaders and new movements are emerging.
Julian Brown is lecturer in political studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was educated at the University of Natal and Oxford University. He is a member of the Wits History Workshop, and lives in Johannesburg with his husband.
Introduction 1. Country of Protest 2. Politics after Apartheid 3. Citizenship and Insurgency 4. From Discipline to Repression 5. Political Ambiguities 6. Making Politics from and in the Courtroom Conclusion: The Possibilities of Politics