1st Edition

Political Values and Narratives of Resistance Social Justice and the Fractured Promises of Post-colonial States

Edited By Fiona Anciano, Joanna Wheeler Copyright 2021
    214 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings together multidisciplinary perspectives to explore how political values and acts of resistance impact the delivery of social justice in post-colonial states.

    Everyday life in post-colonial states, such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, is characterized by injustices that have both a historical and contemporary nature. From fishers in Cape Town accused of poaching, to residents of Bulawayo demanding access to water, this book focuses on the relationship between the state and groups that have been historically oppressed due to being on the margins of the political, economic and social system. It draws on empirical research from 12 scholars looking at cases in Brazil, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Chapters explore questions such as what citizens, especially those from marginalized groups, want from the state. The book looks at the political values of citizens and how these are formed in the process of engaging with the state and through everyday injustices. It also asks why and how citizens resist the state, with examples of protest, as well as less visible forms of resistance reflecting complex histories and power relations. Finally, the book explores how narratives and counter-narratives reveal the nature of political values and perceptions of what is just. Taken together these elements show the evolution of post-colonial social contracts.

    Examining important themes in political science, anthropology, sociology and urban geography, this book will appeal to scholars and students interested in political values, justice, social movements and resistance.

    1. Surfacing Political Values: Narratives of Justice in Cape Town, South Africa

    Joanna Wheeler

    2. Silent Citizens and Resistant Texts: Reading Hidden Narratives

    Nobukhosi Ngwenya and Bettina von Lieres

    3. The Politics of Patience and Moral Economy in Post-Apartheid South Africa

    S. J. Cooper Knock

    4. Fractured Social Contracts: Protest and Poaching in Cape Town, South Africa 

    Fiona Anciano

    5. Spectators of Protest: Concerns from an Online Neighbourhood Facebook Group

    Yusra Price 

    6. ‘This Is Our Water!’ – The Politics of Locality and the Commons in the City of Bulawayo

    Mmeli Dube and Katharina Schramm

    7. The Social Contract, the State and Adivasi Protests Against Large Scale Mining in India

    Ranjita Mohanty

    8. Claiming Agency By Telling a Counter-Story in Court: Adivasis v. 'Encounter' Killings in India

    Shylashri Shankar

    9. Including the Excluded: Interests and Values in the Brazilian Public Health Care System

    Vera Schattan Coelho

    10. Negotiating Foreign Policy from Below: Voice, Participation and Protest

    Laura Waisbich


    Fiona Anciano is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her research areas include civil society, democracy, and urban politics.

    Joanna Wheeler is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations, Coventry University and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Political Studies, University of Western Cape. Her research interests include citizen participation and inclusion, gender and violence in urban contexts, and storytelling and participatory visual methodologies.