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Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa

Thomas Blom Hansen


The end of apartheid in 1994 signaled a moment of freedom and a promise of a nonracial future. With this promise came an injunction: define yourself as you truly are, as an individual, and as a community. Almost two decades later it is clear that it was less the prospect of that future than the habits and horizons of anxious life in racially defined enclaves that determined postapartheid freedom. This book offers an in-depth analysis of the uncertainties, dreams, and anxieties that have accompanied postapartheid freedoms in Chatsworth, a formerly Indian township in Durban. Exploring five decad ... More

Keywords: apartheid, postapartheid freedom, Chatsworth, Durban, Indian township, Indian township, racial segregation, South Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152950
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Blom Hansen, author
Stanford University