UNSETTLED HISTORY, making South African public pasts

: Witz (L.), Minkley (G.) & Rassool (C.)

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312pp., illus., paperback, Ann Arbor, 2017

 

This book is the product of the authors' collaborative research and engagement over 25 years on the construction and presentation of South Africa's public pasts, from Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990 to South Africa's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They examine the production and performance of apartheid history; the cultural politics of social history; South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and practices of orality; tourism as an arena of image-making and historical construction; museums as sites of heritage production for a new South Africa; photographs, archival meanings, and the construction of the social documentary; and the centenary commemorations of the South African War and the making of race.

Leslie Witz is Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape.
Gary Minkley is Professor of History and South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Fort Hare.
Ciraj Rassool is Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape.