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Contradictions to democracy : vigilantism and rights in post-apartheid South Africa

Author: Nicholas Rush Smith
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.
Series: Oxford studies in culture & politics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite being one of the world's most vibrant democracies, police estimate between five and ten percent of the murders in South Africa result from vigilante violence. This is puzzling given the country's celebrated transition to democracy and massive reform of the state's legal institutions. Where most studies explain vigilantism as a response to state or civic failure, in Contradictions of Democracy, Nicholas Rush  Read more...
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Smith, Nicholas Rush.
Contradictions to democracy.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018024600
(OCoLC)1041202355
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Rush Smith
ISBN: 0190847204 9780190847210 0190847212 9780190847203
OCLC Number: 1041564710
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 244 pages)
Contents: Vigilantism and the contradictions of democratic state formation --
The people's justice: historical antecedents of contemporary vigilantism --
Spectacles of state craft: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and post-apartheid law making --
Rights in translation: vigilantism and the meanings of institutional effectiveness and failure --
Taking charge: the contradictory pleasures of citizen crime fighting --
The risks and rewards of vigilantism --
The racial geographies of criminal panic: protesting crime in the suburbs --
Against vigilantism: citizen and state action to combat vigilantism --
Law-making and state-making as vigilantism.
Series Title: Oxford studies in culture & politics.
Responsibility: Nicholas Rush Smith.

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Despite being one of the world's most vibrant democracies, vigilantism is regularly practiced in South Africa. Based on twenty months of field work, Contradictions of Democracy shows why, explores  Read more...

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Smith's central argument is that vigilantism persists in South Africa not because the criminal justice system isweak but because the citizenry rejects the principles that animate it. A provocative Read more...

 
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