Techno-Politics and Protest after Apartheid
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She follows engineers, utility officials, and local bureaucrats as they consider ways to prompt Sowetans to pay for water, and she shows how local residents and activists wrestle with the constraints imposed by meters. This investigation of democracy from the perspective of infrastructure reframes the conventional story of South Africa's transition, foregrounding the less visible remainders of apartheid and challenging readers to think in more material terms about citizenship and activism in the postcolonial world. Democracy's Infrastructure examines how seemingly mundane technological domains become charged territory for struggles over South Africa's political transformation.
Acknowledgments ix Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Democracy's Infrastructure, Apartheid's Debris Chapter 2 The "Discipline of Freedom" 31 Neoliberalism, Translation, and Techno-Politics after the 1976 Soweto Uprising Chapter 3 After the Rent Boycotts 65 Infrastructure and the Politics of Payment Chapter 4 The Making of a Techno-Political Device 105 Chapter 5 Measuring Life 132 Living Prepaid and the Politics of Numbers after Apartheid Chapter 6 Performing Dignity 168 Human Rights and the Legal Politics of Water Conclusion 196 Infrastructure, Democracy, and the Postapartheid Political Terrain References 203 Index 233