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Title:Envisioning governance: expectations and estrangements of transformed rule in Glendale, South Africa
Author:Dubbeld, BernardISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Volume:83
Issue:3
Pages:492-512
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:central-local government relations
villages
attitudes
democracy
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/v083/83.3.dubbeld.pdf
Abstract:This article explores how, in the village of Glendale in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, residents and local government officials - including councillors and municipal technicians - 'see' the post-apartheid State. The author shows how residents of the village regard the government - despite extensive State intervention - as inadequate, complaining especially of their 'invisible' and 'impersonal' character. Indeed, for them, democracy has brought anything but 'direct rule'. And yet, while chiefly rule is sometimes invoked as a favoured alternative, people's estrangement from democratic government is not the desire to return to 'culture' but rather an expression of structural difficulties central to South Africa's increasingly tenuous experiment with participatory democracy. The author suggests that these difficulties are also not reducible to State failure or corruption but point towards contradictions in contemporary citizenship. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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