Petrified life

Show simple item record Hook, Derek 2017-04-24T09:41:27Z 2017-04-24T09:41:27Z 2015-10-12
dc.description.abstract How might we read temporality, that is, the psychical and social experience of time, as an index of the prevailing political and intersubjective impasses of the apartheid and post-apartheid eras? This paper explores three perspectives on this broad problematic. Achille Mbembe’s thoughts on repetition and nostalgia provide, firstly, a means of understanding one characteristically post-apartheid mode of temporality: that of suspended history. Crapanzano’s notion of waiting, elaborated as a means of grasping the white anxiety of the late apartheid period, allows us, secondly, to conceptualise the de-realised experience of a muted or deadened time. A third source, an unpublished text contributed to the Apartheid Archive concerning a fantasised scene of violence, enables us to sketch a third form of temporal experience common to apartheid and post-apartheid experiences alike, namely that of imagined retribution. These ostensibly separate and distinct modes of temporality can be read as interlocking forms of “petrified life,” a term I use to link temporalities of immobilisation characterised by suspension, stasis and fear. en_ZA
dc.description.department Psychology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.comtoc/rsdy20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Derek Hook (2015) Petrified life, Social Dynamics, 41:3, 438-460, DOI: 10.1080/02533952.2015.1092310. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0253-3952 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1940-7874 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/02533952.2015.1092310
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Social Dynamics, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 438-460, 2015. doi: 10.1080/02533952.2015.1092310. Social Dynamics is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comtoc/rsdy20. en_ZA
dc.subject Apartheid en_ZA
dc.subject Guilt en_ZA
dc.subject Nostalgia en_ZA
dc.subject Repetition en_ZA
dc.subject Retribution en_ZA
dc.subject Temporality en_ZA
dc.subject Waiting en_ZA
dc.title Petrified life en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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