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Democracy's InfrastructureTechno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid$
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Antina von Schnitzler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691170770

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691170770.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Infrastructure, Democracy, and the Postapartheid Political Terrain

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(p.196) Conclusion
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Democracy's Infrastructure
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Antina von Schnitzler

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691170770.003.0007

This chapter concludes that the book has explored the political terrain in postapartheid South Africa, where infrastructure and administration had for decades been central political arenas in which much of the urban struggle unfolded. In particular, it has examined how producing liberal democracy, including the constitutive splits between the public and the private and the political and the administrative, became a central task of the postapartheid state, one that has always been prone to failure and contestation from multiple directions. The book has outlined the contours of this techno-political terrain beginning in the late-apartheid period when infrastructure and action on the administrative terrain became a central feature of the antiapartheid struggle. In conclusion, it considers how, in the postapartheid period, many of the questions that animated the liberation struggle are often continually being negotiated and re-articulated in a variety of spaces.

Keywords:   political terrain, South Africa, infrastructure, administration, liberal democracy, techno-political terrain, administrative terrain, antiapartheid struggle

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