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Title:The Boipatong massacre and South Africa's democratic transition
Author:Simpson, James G.R.ISNI
Year:2011
ISSN:1876-0198
Issue:35
Pages:86
Language:English
Series:African Studies Collection
City:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
ISBN:9789054481065
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political violence
townships
1990-1999
theses (form)
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/1887/17825
Abstract:Events in the dusty hitherto obscure Vaal township of Boipatong on the night of 17 June 1992 have been widely recognized as a key moment in South Africa's negotiated transition. The Boipatong massacre is also frequently cited as an example of State complicity in the political violence that shook the country during a period of negotiation and reform. Yet, limited scholarly attention has been given to the details of this event. This book considers the underlying forensics of the Boipatong massacre, but more importantly it examines the ways in which the meanings of the massacre have been contested by different individuals and groups. Analysis of these contestations gives insight into the dynamics of the South African transition, shedding light on the discursive struggles that have defined it. [Book abstract]
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