In South Africa, two unmistakable features describe post-Apartheid
politics. The first is the formal framework of liberal democracy,
including regular elections, multiple political parties and a range
of progressive social rights. The second is the politics of the
‘extraordinary’, which includes a political discourse that relies
on threats and the use of violence, the crude re-racialization of
numerous conflicts, and protests over various popular grievances.
In this highly original work, Thiven Reddy shows how conventional
approaches to understanding democratization have failed to capture
the complexities of South Africa’s post-Apartheid transition.
Rather, as a product of imperial expansion, the South African
state, capitalism and citizen identities have been uniquely shaped
by a particular mode of domination, namely settler colonialism.
South Africa, Settler Colonialism and the Failures of Liberal
Democracy is an important work that sheds light on the nature of
modernity, democracy and the complex politics of contemporary South
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