- Title: Remains of the Social: Desiring the Post-Apartheid
- Editors: M van Bever Donker; R Truscott; G Minkley & P Lalu
- Publisher: Wits University Press
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Publication Year: 2017
- ISBN: 9781776140336
This is exciting work. The concept of the remains—or thinking about post-apartheid South Africa based on various theorisings of loss—is a valid one. It is original and astute in its applications of theory and philosophical thinking – – Rita Barnard, Director of the Comparative Literature Programme and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania University, USA.
Remains of the Social is an interdisciplinary volume of essays that engages with what ‘the social’ might mean after apartheid; a condition referred to as ‘the post-apartheid social’. The volume grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa between 1948 and 1994 and foregrounds the tension between the weight of lived experience that was and is apartheid, the structures that condition that experience, and a desire for a ‘post-apartheid social’ (think unity through difference).
Collectively, the contributors argue for a recognition of the ‘the post-apartheid’ as a condition that names the labour of coming to terms with the ordering principles that apartheid both set in place and foreclosed. The volume seeks to provide a sense of the terrain on which ‘the post-apartheid’ – as a desire for a difference that is not apartheid’s difference – unfolds, falters and is worked through.