Advertisement

Case Studies of Precarious Life in Johannesburg

  • Ingrid Palmary
  • Brandon Hamber
  • Lorena Núñez
Chapter
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS, volume 24)

Abstract

This book is a collection of case studies about the precarity of everyday life in Johannesburg. It is made up of chapters based on case studies that document people’s practices of help-seeking, care, support and healing in response to their everyday insecurity. Throughout the book, the authors describe a state of ontological insecurity that manifests itself in economic, spiritual, psychological and physical ways and, most importantly, refuses neat distinctions between these categories. However, alongside this sense of insecurity is an equally strong sense of optimism, care and a striving for change. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that this book deals very centrally with themes of the struggle for progress, mobility (geographic, material and spiritual), and a sense of possibility and change associated with Johannesburg. This book is, therefore, about precarious life in the city of Johannesburg and people’s responses to it.

Keywords

Economic Inequality Political Violence Undocumented Migrant Political Transition South African Society 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Adelzadeh, A. (1996). From RDP to GEAR: The gradual embracing of neoliberalism in economic policy. Transformation, 31, 66–95.Google Scholar
  2. Africa Check. (2013). Zuma’s Malawi comments: What the South African president really said. Retrieved from http://africacheck.org/reports/zumas-malawi-comments-what-the-president-really-said/
  3. Boraine, A. (2014). What’s gone wrong? South Africa on the brink of failed statehood. Johannesburg, South Africa: Jonathan Ball.Google Scholar
  4. Bruce, D. (2005). Interpreting the body count: South African statistics on lethal police violence. South African Review of Sociology, 36(2), 141–159.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Butler, J. (2004). Precarious life: The powers of mourning and violence. London: Verso.Google Scholar
  6. Cohen, S. (1996). Crime and politics: Spot the difference. British Journal of Sociology, 47(1), 1–21.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Ettlinger, N. (2007). Precarity unbound. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 32(3), 319–340.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Freeman, M. (2003). Lessons learned: Practical lessons gleaned from inside the truth commissions of Guatemala and South Africa. Human Rights Quarterly, 25(4), 1117–1149.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Frost, B. (1998). Struggling to forgive: Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s search for reconciliation. London: Harper Collins.Google Scholar
  10. Gouws, A. (2005). (Un)thinking citizenship: Feminist debates in contemporary South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: UCT Press.Google Scholar
  11. Habib, A. (1997). The rainbow nation and prospects for consolidating democracy. African Journal of Political Science, 2(2), 15–37.Google Scholar
  12. Habib, A., & Desai, A. (1998). South Africa and the global order: The structural conditioning of a transition to democracy. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 16(1), 95–115.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Hamber, B. (2007). Masculinity and transitional justice: An exploratory essay. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 3(1), 375–390.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Hamber, B. (2009). Transforming societies after political violence: Truth, reconciliation and mental health. New York: Springer.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Hayner, P. B. (2010). Unspeakable truths: Confronting state terror and atrocity (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  16. Hirsch, A. (2005). Season of hope: Economic reform under Mandela and Mbeki. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: University of KwaZulu Natal Press.Google Scholar
  17. Kelly (2009, March 12). Raped and killed for being lesbian: South Africa ignores ‘corrective’ attacks. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/mar/12/eudy-simelane-corrective-rape-south-africa
  18. Landau, L. (2011). Exorcising the demons within: Xenophobia, violence and statecraft in contemporary South Africa. Johannesburg, South Africa: Wits University Press.Google Scholar
  19. LeLazzarato, M. (2009). the political form of coordination. In G. Raunig and G. Ray (eds), Art and contemporary critical practice: reinventing institutional critique. London: Mayfly.Google Scholar
  20. Le Marcis, F. (2004). The suffering body of the city. Public Culture, 16(3), 453–477.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Mahati, S. (2014). The representations of childhood and vulnerability of independent migrant children in humanitarian work (University of the Witwatersrand, Ph.D. thesis).Google Scholar
  22. Mangcu, X. (2008). To the brink: The state of democracy in South Africa. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: University of KwaZulu Natal press.Google Scholar
  23. Mhlabane, J. (2004). Farmer dragged drunk worker 70m behind bakkie, Independent online. Retrieved from http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/farmer-dragged-drunk-worker-70m-behind-bakkie-1.206263?ot=inmsa.ArticlePrintPageLayout.ot
  24. Mooki, O. (2011, October 19). Terre’Blanche was badly beaten-witness. The Star. Retrieved from http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/terre-blanche-was-badly-beaten-witness-1.1159964?showComments = true#.UqHNW9IW28A
  25. Nielson, B., & Rossiter, N. (2008). Precarity as a political concept or Fordism as exception. Theory, Culture and Society, 25(7–8), 51–72.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Patel, K. (2013, October 23). Zuma’s African gaffe: A day in reactions. Independent Online. Retrieved from http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2013-10-23-zumas-african-gaffe-a-day-in-reactions/#.UqGGf9IW28A
  27. Posel, D., & Simpson, G. (2002). Commissioning the past: Understanding South Africa’s truth and reconciliation commission. Johannesburg, South Africa: Witwatersrand University Press.Google Scholar
  28. Ramphele, M. (2008). Laying ghosts to rest: Dilemmas of the transformation in South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Tafelberg.Google Scholar
  29. Sampson, A. (2011). Mandela: The authorised biography. London: Harper Collins.Google Scholar
  30. SAPA. (2011, October 21). Farmer who killed teen for fishing gets bail. Retrieved from http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2011/10/21/farmer-who-killed-teen-for-fishing-gets-bail .
  31. Southall, R. (2008). ANC for sale? Money, morality and business in South Africa. Review of African Political Economy, 35(116), 281–299.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. StatsSa. (2013). Census 2011. Pretoria, South Africa: StatsSA.Google Scholar
  33. Summerfield, D. (2004). Cross-cultural perspectives on the medicalisation of human suffering. In G. Rosen (Ed.), Posttraumatic stress disorder: Issues and controversies (pp. 233–246). Chichester, England: Wiley.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Watts, C., & Zimmerman, C. (2002). Violence against women: global scope and magnitude. The Lancet, 359, 1232–1237.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Worby, E. (2010). Address unknown: The temporality of displacement and the ethics of disconnection among Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies, 36(2), 417–431.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  36. Young, A. (1995). The harmony of illusions: Inventing posttraumatic stress disorder. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Palmary
    • 1
  • Brandon Hamber
    • 2
  • Lorena Núñez
    • 3
  1. 1.African Centre for Migration & SocietyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE)University of UlsterNorthern IrelandUK
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

Personalised recommendations