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Title:Beyond Marikana: the post-apartheid South African State
Author:Satgar, VishwasISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Africa Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Volume:47
Issue:2-3
Pages:33-62
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:State
political economy
liberalism
Link:http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/550
Abstract:This article situates the Marikana massacre of 16 August 2012, in which 34 mine workers were gunned down by police in South Africa, in the context of what the South African State has become, and questions the characterization of the postapartheid State as a 'developmental State'. This contribution first highlights what is at stake when the postapartheid State is portrayed as a 'developmental State' and how this misrecognition of the State is ideologically constituted. Second, it argues for an approach to understanding the postapartheid State by locating it within the context of the rise of transnational neoliberalism and the process of indigenizing neoliberalism on the African continent. Third, it examines the actual economic practices of the State that constitute it as an Afro-neoliberal State. Such economic practices are historicized to show the convergence between the postapartheid State and the ideal type neoliberal State coming to the fore in the context of global neoliberal restructuring and crisis management. The article concludes by recognizing that South Africa's deep globalization and globalized State affirm a form of State practice beyond utilizing market mechanisms that includes perpetrating violence to secure its existence. Marikana makes this point. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and German. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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