South Africa and India

Shaping the Global South
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  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Dimensions and Pages: 235x155 mm, 304pp
  • EAN: 9781868145386
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 100.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): 34.95

… makes a significant and innovative contribution by establishing a new field of research.—<strong>Preben Kaarsholm, Roskilde University, Denmark

Hofmeyr and Williams have assembled an impressive inter -disciplinary group of scholars to lend insights into various historical and contemporary facets of India-South Africa relations in ways that enrich the comparative enterprise.—Gilbert M. Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

South Africa’s future is increasingly tied up with that of India. While trade and investment between the two countries is intensifying, they share long-standing historical ties and have much in common: apart from cricket, colonialism and Gandhi, both countries are important players in the global South. As India emerges as a major economic power, the need to understand these links becomes ever more pressing. Can
the two countries enter balanced forms of exchange? What forms of transnational political community between these two regions have yet to be researched and understood?
The first section of South Africa and India traces the range of historical connection between the two countries.

The second section explores unconventional comparisons that offer rich ground on which to build original areas of study. This innovative book looks to a post-American world in which the global South will become ever more important. Within this context, the Indian Ocean arena itself and South Africa and India in particular move to the fore. The book’s main contribution lies in the approaches and methods offered by its wide range of contributors for thinking about this set of circumstances.

Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Until last year she was acting director of the Centre of Indian Studies in Africa. Michelle Williams is a senior lecturer in the Depart ment of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Table of Contents
Isabel Hofmeyr and Michelle Williams
South Africa–India: Historical Connections, Cultural Circulations and Socio-political Comparisons

Isabel Hofmeyr: Gandhi’s Printing Press: Indian Ocean Print Cultures and Cosmopolitanisms
Jonathan Hyslop: Steamship Empire: Asian, African and British Sailors in the Merchant Marine c. 1880–1945
Pradip Kumar Datta: The Interlocking Worlds of the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa and India
Pamila Gupta: The Disquieting of History: Portuguese (De)Colonisation and Goan Migration in the Indian Ocean
Goolam Vahed: Monty … Meets Gandhi … Meets Mandela: The Dilemma of Non-violent Resisters in South Africa, 1940–60

Crain Soudien: Renaissances, African and Modern: Gandhi as a Resource?
Patrick Heller: Democratic Deepening in India and South Africa
Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal: Local Democracy in Indian and South African Cities: A Comparative Literature Review
Michelle Williams: Reimagining Socialist Futures in South Africa and Kerala, India
Phil Bonner: Labour, Migrancy and Urbanisation in South Africa and India, 1900–60
Eric Worby: Conclusion: Cricket Ethics and Reflections on a South African–Indian Politics of Virtue

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