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Oral History, Community, and Displacement: Imagining Memories in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)


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This book uses oral history methodology to record stories of people who experienced the brunt of racist forced removals in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. Through life stories and community case studies, it traces the human impact of this disruptive, often violent feature of apartheid's social engineering. The impact of displacement is not simply the product of a racist and ethnocentric vision, but also the myriad of experiences of place, people, and communities, which are sustained in the present through remembering and imagining.

About the Author

Sean Field is the Director of the Centre for Popular Memory at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Historical Studies Department. He has widely published on apartheid forced removals, African refugees, oral history methodology, and trauma and memory. Publications include Lost Communities, Living Memories: Remembering Forced Removals in Cape Town (2001) and Imagining the City: Memories and Cultures in Cape Town (2007).

Table of Contents

Part I: Openings * Imagining Memories: Oral Histories of Place and Displacement in Post-Apartheid Cape Town * Part II: Communities and Identities under Apartheid * Remembering Experience, Interpreting Memory: Life Stories from Windermere * Fragile Identities: Memory, Emotion, and Coloured Residents of Windermere * From the 'Peaceful Past' to the 'Violent Present': Memory, Myth and Identity in Guguletu * Disappointed Men: Masculine Myths and Hybrid Identities in Windermere * Part III: Post-Apartheid Imaginings, Sites and Places * Imagining Communities: Memory, Loss and Resilience in Post-Apartheid Cape Town * Sites of Memory in Langa * 'There Your Memory Runs Like a Camera Back': Moving Places and Audio-Visual Oral Histories from Klipfontein Road * 'Others Killed in my Eyes': Rwandan Refugee Testimonies from Cape Town * Part IV: Conclusions without Closure * Beyond 'Healing': Oral History, Trauma and Regeneration * Disappointed Imaginings: Narcissism and Empathy in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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Field, Sean
Palgrave MacMillan
South Africa
Social history
Modern - 20th Century
Discrimination & Race Relations
World History-Africa
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20 photos; 1 map
9.25 x 6 in 1 lb

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History and Social Science » Africa » South Africa
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » General

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