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Jonathan Silver reviews South Africa’s Insurgent Citizens by Julian Brown

South Africa's Insurgent Citizens: On Dissent and the Possibility of PoliticsVerdict: carrot

The book is a useful addition just for showing how protests and dissent on the streets are policed and manage to hinder the growth of emancipatory politics. However, Brown doesn’t just stop with these powerful accounts of street based forms of protest and contestation. Instead, the author draws the reader into the variety of ways in which communities, activists and civil society have found new, insurgent ways of challenging the existing order and of enacting the political.

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