A History of the Present

A Biography of Indian South Africans, 1994¬–2019

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ISBN:

9780199498017

Publication date:

31/10/2019

Hardback

404 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Price: 1495.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199498017

Publication date:

31/10/2019

Hardback

404 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed

A History of the Present is the first full-length study of the Indian minority in South African—a culturally, economically and politically conspicuous and significant population—in the post-apartheid period. Based on original oral and archival material, it focuses on gender, work, religion, sports, the new elites, and racial politics. While focusing on Indian South Africans, this study makes an intervention into key political issues in contemporary South Africa, especially the debate over affirmative action, Black Economic Empowerment, and race and identity, as well as wider intellectual issues like nation, state, and citizenship.

Rights:  World Rights

Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed

Description

Through the long 20th century, Indian South Africans lived under the whip of settler colonialism and white minority rule, which saw the passing of a slew of legislation that circumscribed their freedom of movement, threatened repatriation, and denied them citizenship, all the while herding them into racially segregated townships. This volume chronicles the broad outlines of this history. Taking the story into the present, it provides an analysis of how Indian South Africans have responded to changes wrought by the remarkable collapse of apartheid and the holding of the first democratic elections in 1994.

Drawing upon archival records, in-depth interviews, and ethnography, this study examines the ways in which Indian South Africans define themselves and the world around them, and how they are defined by others. It tells of the incredible journey of Indian South Africans, many of whom are fourth and fifth generation, towards being recognized as citizens in the land of their birth and how, while often attracted by and seeking to explore their roots in India, they continue to dig deeper roots in African soil.

About the Author

Ashwin Desai holds a doctorate from Michigan University and is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests include sports, political economy, and social policy. His latest work on the close relationship between politics and cricket in South Africa, Reverse Sweep: The Story of Cricket in Post-Apartheid South Africa, was published in 2017.

Goolam Vahed did his undergraduate degree at the University of Durban-Westville and PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington. He teaches in the Department of History at the University of KwaZulu Natal and has written on various aspects of the history of Indians in South Africa and on cricket. His most recent work is Chota Motala: A Biography of Political Activism in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands (2018).

Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed

Table of contents

Acknowledgements

  1. Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
  2. The Natal Indian Congress and the Transition to a Non-racial Democracy: 'To Be or Not to Be'?
  3. Waiting for Change
  4. The Hopscotch of Life
  5. Hashim Amla: Beyond Boundaries
  6. Between the Twice-Born and the Born Again
  7. Hindus and Muslims: The Many Threads of Change and Continuity
  8. Place, Memory, and Nostalgia
  9. Modi Meets Mohandas
  10. Classrooms of Mobility
  11. The 'Tyranny of Numbers': The Bittersweet Fruit of Change
  12. Capital Accumulation in New Times
  13. Political Connection, Crassness, and Capital Wars
  14. After the Rainbow, Dark Clouds?

Bibliography

Index

About the Authors

Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed

Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed

Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed

Description

Through the long 20th century, Indian South Africans lived under the whip of settler colonialism and white minority rule, which saw the passing of a slew of legislation that circumscribed their freedom of movement, threatened repatriation, and denied them citizenship, all the while herding them into racially segregated townships. This volume chronicles the broad outlines of this history. Taking the story into the present, it provides an analysis of how Indian South Africans have responded to changes wrought by the remarkable collapse of apartheid and the holding of the first democratic elections in 1994.

Drawing upon archival records, in-depth interviews, and ethnography, this study examines the ways in which Indian South Africans define themselves and the world around them, and how they are defined by others. It tells of the incredible journey of Indian South Africans, many of whom are fourth and fifth generation, towards being recognized as citizens in the land of their birth and how, while often attracted by and seeking to explore their roots in India, they continue to dig deeper roots in African soil.

About the Author

Ashwin Desai holds a doctorate from Michigan University and is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests include sports, political economy, and social policy. His latest work on the close relationship between politics and cricket in South Africa, Reverse Sweep: The Story of Cricket in Post-Apartheid South Africa, was published in 2017.

Goolam Vahed did his undergraduate degree at the University of Durban-Westville and PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington. He teaches in the Department of History at the University of KwaZulu Natal and has written on various aspects of the history of Indians in South Africa and on cricket. His most recent work is Chota Motala: A Biography of Political Activism in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands (2018).

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements

  1. Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
  2. The Natal Indian Congress and the Transition to a Non-racial Democracy: 'To Be or Not to Be'?
  3. Waiting for Change
  4. The Hopscotch of Life
  5. Hashim Amla: Beyond Boundaries
  6. Between the Twice-Born and the Born Again
  7. Hindus and Muslims: The Many Threads of Change and Continuity
  8. Place, Memory, and Nostalgia
  9. Modi Meets Mohandas
  10. Classrooms of Mobility
  11. The 'Tyranny of Numbers': The Bittersweet Fruit of Change
  12. Capital Accumulation in New Times
  13. Political Connection, Crassness, and Capital Wars
  14. After the Rainbow, Dark Clouds?

Bibliography

Index

About the Authors

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