Dis/placing political illiteracy: the politics of intellectual equality in a South African shack-dwellers’ movement

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The production and abandonment of surplus people also depends on rendering them as improper political subjects. In the prevailing political discourse, poor people’s struggles are deemed less than political through notions such as the idea that all protest is related to the pace of “service delivery” or accusations of violence, as well as often explicit characterizations of dissenting people as ignorant. Such discursive moves imply and reinforce a conception of the poor black majority as unable to think and practice their own politics; that is, as politically illiterate group of people.

Dis/placing political illiteracy: the politics of intellectual equality in a South African shack-dwellers’ movement - Anna Selmeczi

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  • [i] I seek to problematize the discursive construction of the intellectual and political inequality of those who are deemed to be in excess to the aesthetic order of the postcolonial turned neoliberal city. [/i]

    Anna Selmeczi