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Contradictions of democracy (2019)

vigilantism and rights in post-apartheid South Africa

in: Oxford studies in culture and politics

Abstract

Despite being one of the world's most vibrant democracies, vigilantism is regularly practiced in South Africa. In any given year, police estimate between 5 and 10 percent of the country's murders result from vigilante violence. Vigilantism is also frequent in other democracies across Latin America, Asia, and Africa. High rates of vigilantism are particularly puzzling in South Africa, though, given that it underwent a celebrated transition to democracy, has a lauded constitution, and enacted massive reforms of the state's legal institutions following democratization. 'Contradictions of Democracy' asks why vigilantism is prevalent in South Africa, asks what South Africa reveals about vigilantism in other emerging democracies, and uses vigilantism to explore contradictions of democratic state formation generally.

Keywords

Vigilantes, Crime, Government policy, South Africa

Sprachen

Englisch

Verlag

Oxford University Press

ISBN

9780190847227

DOI

10.1093/oso/9780190847180.001.0001

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