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By Peter Claus Wolfgang Gutkind, Peter Waterman

African Social experiences: an intensive Reader, is a vital and wide-ranging choice of essays through a few of the world's most interesting social scientists, identified and lesser-known. This notable assortment covers concerns akin to the legacy of colonialism, imperialism, difficulties within the box of African stories, nationwide liberation events, and extra. No scholar of Africa will be with no this quantity.

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In the final chapter, I will return to a discussion of how ubuntu is “used” in everyday practice by tracing some of the effects of the popularity of ubuntu. More specifically, this chapter investigates the use of ubuntu’s positive affective charge in market-oriented approaches. The objects under discussion are a FIFA World Cup commercial, the marketing of the fair trade Ubuntu Cola product, the Linux operating system that promotes community resourcing and open source software, and recent management discourses on human relations discourses in commercial businesses.

5 435). From this perspective, the TRC’s reliance on ubuntu could be said to have fulfilled the role of “an ideological concept with multiple meanings” that is used to blanket, or, in the context of Zapiro’s cartoon, to bridge the unequally divided legal possibilities of its mandate (Wilson 13). It must be noted, however, that ubuntu forms just one of the many layers in the TRC’s discourse, which range from nationalism, religion, and law to media and psychology (see Posel and Simpson 11; Verdoolaege, Reconciliation 27).

Thus, the TRC process provided immediate protection to perpetrators in the form of amnesty, but subjected the material support for victims to “potentially permanent political and bureaucratic delays” (Marx 54). This fraught context of reconciliation is important to the concept of ubuntu for several, interrelated reasons. Ubuntu features prominently in the TRC’s founding act, which makes it one of the basic principles of the Commission’s work (NURA, see also TRC Report Vol. 1, 8 and 103). Its implementation by the TRC, as one of the first discourses that emerged in South Africa to counter and work through the horrific oppression of apartheid, offers a crucial opportunity to see the term “at work” and foregrounds the need to think of ubuntu as a discourse with a distinct practice.

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