New South African Keywords — 2008

Edited by Nick Shepherd and Steven L. Robins

New South African Keywords is not just an invaluable handbook that will be mined by commentators, scholars, policy analysts and thinkers of all kinds probing the complexity of important contemporary terms. The essays and the thoughtful editors’ introduction combine to provide a much-needed overview of contemporary public discourse and its critique.”

Professor Carolyn Hamilton, University of Witwatersrand

New South African Keywords sets out to do two things. The first is to provide a guide to the key words and key concepts that have come to shape public and political thought and debate in South Africa since 1994. The second purpose is to provide a compendium of cutting-edge thinking on the new society. In this respect some of the most exciting thinkers and commentators on South Africa have tried to capture the complexity of current debates. The result is a concise and insightful guide to postapartheid South Africa, which should be useful to students, citizens, tourists, business managers, decision makers—in fact, to anyone wanting to make sense of South African society today.


Nick Shepherd is a senior lecturer in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town.


Steven L. Robins is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch.

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