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Democracy's Infrastructure: Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid

Antina von Schnitzler


In the past decade, South Africa's “miracle transition” has been interrupted by waves of protests in relation to basic services such as water and electricity. Less visibly, the postapartheid period has witnessed widespread illicit acts involving infrastructure, including the non-payment of service charges, the bypassing of metering devices, and illegal connections to services. This book shows how such administrative links to the state became a central political terrain during the antiapartheid struggle and how this terrain persists in the postapartheid present. Focusing on conflicts surroundin ... More

Keywords: water, South Africa, infrastructure, antiapartheid struggle, protests, democracy, citizenship, activism, payment, apartheid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691170770
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691170770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antina von Schnitzler, author
The New School