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Title:Life of the corpse
Authors:Posel, DeborahISNI
Gupta, PamilaISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:68
Issue:3
Pages:299-401
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:death
body
homicide
conference papers (form)
2008
About persons:Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd (1901-1966)ISNI
Lucky Dube
Abstract:This collection of six articles draws on contributions presented to the international symposium on The Life of the Corpse, convened by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, South Africa, in August 2008. The symposium in turn was the culmination of a thematic study group on the same topic. The articles address questions arising from the dualistic life of the corpse - as a material object as much as a signifier of wider political, economic, cultural, ideological and theological endeavours. Contributions: The life of the corpse: framing reflections and questions (Deborah Posel and Pamila Gupta); The standard of dying: race, indigence, and the disposal of the dead body in Johannesburg, 1886-1960 (Garrey Dennie); The assassination of Hendrik Verwoerd: the spectre of apartheid's corpse (Deborah Posel); The farm, the river and the picnic spot: topographies of terror (Nicky Rousseau); Notes for a guide to the ossuary (Louise Green and NoŽleen Murray); Burying Lucky Dube (Liz Gunner). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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