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The South African heterotopia: Whiteness and the postcolonial struggle for recognition beyond Apartheid

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posted on 2019-04-02, 21:11 authored by CHARLES MATHURIN VILLET
This thesis looks at the politics of recognition in post-Apartheid South Africa with specific reference to whiteness and affluence. The study proposes a white politics of acknowledgment with the aim to form a philosophical interpretation and critique of the life-world of suburban whiteness. The main hypothesis is that South Africa is a postcolonial heterotopia due to the continued proliferation of economic Apartheid. The study charts the way in which the dialectic of colonial times and Apartheid has become a postcolonial heterotopia after Apartheid. A postcolonial theory of recognition is outlined to show how mutual recognition is problematised beyond Apartheid.


Principal supervisor

Anna-mart Van Wyk

Additional supervisor 1

Paul Muldoon

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School of Social Sciences (Monash Australia)


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Arts