IN MY LIFE, stories from young activists in South Africa 2002-2022

: Walsh (S.), Mitchell (C.) & Oliphant (M.) eds.

R 280.00
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319pp., b/w & colour illus, paperback, Johannesburg, 2022


"Together these [stories] give the collection an almost breathtaking force. Through it, we are invited to wonder what it means to be near one another, in a multitude of ways. In My Life's hard won, jagged intimacies and depth of relation come from 20 years of practising a radical, difficult, continual becoming and togetherness." Gabeba Baderoon, author of Regarding Muslins: from slavery to post-apartheid 

"In My Life tells the story of two decades of talking and walking in which boundaries blur and friendships are forged. It is a stunning exposition of ethnography-of-emotion as the South African transition dead-ends at the top and ignites from below." Ashwin Desai, author of We are the Poor" Community struggles in post-apartheid South Africa

Shannon Walsh has written and directed five feature documentaries and co-edited the book, The Ties that Bind: Race and the politics of friendship in South Africa (with J. Soske). She is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow and an Associate Professor of Film Production at the University of British Columbia.

Claudia Mitchell is a Distinguished James McGill Professor and an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she is the co-founder of the Centre for Visual Methodologies. Her books include Teaching in HIV and AIDS and Methodologies for Mapping in Southern African Girlhood in the Age of AIDS (with R. Moletsane, A. Smith and L. Chisholm).

Mandla Oliphant is a community activist, facilitator and organizer based in Khayelitsha, a township outside Cape Town. He was involved in the Treatment Action Campaign.