Journal article

‘This shit is political; shit is real.’ The politics of
sanitation, protest, and the neoliberal, postapartheid city



Research Areas

Currently no objects available


Publication Details

Subtitle: The politics of sanitation, protest, and the neoliberal, postapartheid city

Author list: Baxter V, Mtshali MN

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Studies in Theatre and Performance

Volume number: 40

Issue number: 1

Start page: 70

End page: 82

Total number of pages: 13

ISSN: 1468-2761

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2019.1689755


Abstract

In this article, the authors discuss the use of shit in a series of protests between 2011 and 2017 in the City of Cape Town, South Africa. They specifically interrogate with how these protests mobilised the abject body as a tactical site of political performance, and employ performance as an organising metaphor and conceptual language for interrogating the politics and implications of the act of throwing shit as a tool of protest. In addition, they consider the modes of activism implicit in a ‘politics of shit’, and compare a case study from India with that of Khayelitsha in South Africa in order to engage with Steven Robins’ understanding of ‘slow activism’ and the ‘politics of the ordinary’ as more sustainable and generative models of resistance to neoliberal statehood.


Projects

Currently no objects available


Keywords

Currently no objects available


Last updated on 2021-10-03 at 13:06