Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

About the Incorporation of Identity, the Commodification of Culture

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, Reviews by ruben eberlein on September 28, 2009

ethnicityincEthnicity, Inc., the latest publication by John L. and Jean Comaroff, presents comprehensive empirical evidence for one of the latest trends in the Brave New World of neo-liberalism: the commodification of cultural difference and the incorporation of ethnic or national identities. In course of a racy and stirring travel from the Bafokeng in South Africa to the casino capitalism of the Seminole in Florida to Britain, PLC, the anthropologists offer rich material in order to develop their theoretical insights into the working of modern ethno-business and its relationships to global shifts in governance. Read my review of the book in the coming issue of iz3w.

South Africa: Companies Will Go on Trial for their Support of Apartheid

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, South Africa by ruben eberlein on April 14, 2009

Last week a court in New York gave the green light for class actions against US and German corporations who dealt with South Africa’s apartheid regime in defiance of UN sanctions. The case could help to expose some of the international backers of white minority rule before 1994. (more…)