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Title:Memorialising David Webster
Author:Buntman, BarbaraISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 0258-2473)
Volume:65
Issue:3
Pages:421-443
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:anti-apartheid resistance
victims
commemorations
memory
About person:David J. Webster (1945-1989)ISNI
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582473.2013.795993
Abstract:On 1 May 1989, anthropologist and anti-apartheid activist David Webster was gunned down outside his home in Troyeville, Johannesburg, South Africa. Since his untimely death, Webster has been publicly remembered in numerous ways. This paper looks at some of these memorials, in particular a boundary wall erected at the site of his assassination and a portrait made in a Troyeville park, which was named after him. In the process, it focuses on the ways in which certain self-organizing publics have chosen to remember and acknowledge both Webster's life, and his appalling death. The events held to launch both of these modest memorials became commemorations in themselves. The significance of the public and private memories of the individuals and groups responsible for erecting these memorials is also examined. The paper explores ways in which memory is facilitated in the production of memorials and the ways in which memories of this particular man have been inscribed into the public domain. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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