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Melancholia of FreedomSocial Life in an Indian Township in South Africa$
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Thomas Blom Hansen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152950

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152950.001.0001

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Movement, Sound, and Body in the Postapartheid City

Movement, Sound, and Body in the Postapartheid City

(p.176) Chapter 5 Movement, Sound, and Body in the Postapartheid City
Melancholia of Freedom

Thomas Blom Hansen

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the rise of new forms of cultural mobility in the postapartheid city, particularly, the rise of the kombi taxi and its massive sound system as the most striking innovation in the urban landscape. While the private taxi industry has been at the center of much violence and criminal networks, it has also been important in providing new forms of agile physical mobility across the fixed boundaries in the city. More importantly, the taxis have also been the vehicles and symbols of a new type of music and youth culture that begins to cut across boundaries of class and race. The chapter explores the particular form of taxi industry in Chatsworth and looks at the wider phenomenon of the new sonic taste alliances forged by kwaito and other forms of urban music after apartheid.

Keywords:   cultural mobility, postapartheid city, kombi taxi, urban landscape, private taxi industry, youth culture, urban music

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