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Title:'Zoolacraticism' and 'Cannibalism': A Discussion of Historical Disposition towards the 'Shakan' Model of Social Order and Political Rights
Author:Hamilton, Carolyn A.ISNI
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political systems
traditional rulers
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
About person:Shaka king of Zululand (ca. 1787-1828)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02533959508458588
Abstract:This paper recasts the question of how deep South Africans' traditions of democracy are, firstly, by posing a corollary question: what political traditions and concepts of social order do people in South Africa have? Secondly, the paper challenges the bifurcation of the answer to this question into separate white and black political traditions, or separate precolonial and colonial/apartheid ones. To do this, the paper begins to investigate some of the history of such traditions, or deep habits. It looks at the way in which a tradition's (or elements of a tradition's) own past shapes its present. It looks at the way in which the versions of the past promoted by those in power were shaped by contesting and conflicting versions of the past. Through a focus on a single case, that of the political heritage of the Shakan system - the so-called 'Zoolacratical government' - the author considers the question of to what extent it is a source of the political habits and expectations that are ingrained in the minds of a significant number of South Africans. She argues that appeals to the Shaka legacy are, above all else, expressions of a desire and need for social order, where social order is understood as the alternative to anarchy and violence. Bibliogr., notes, ref.