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Imagining the Post-Apartheid State

An Ethnographic Account of Namibia

Imagining the Post-Apartheid State by John T. Friedman
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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.

Berghahn Books; July 2011
324 pages; ISBN 9780857450913
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Title: Imagining the Post-Apartheid State
Author: John T. Friedman
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