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As South Africa’s democracy matures, this book raises pertinent questions: How does the nation mediate among conventional tribal authority and constitutional legislation in issues corresponding to initiation customs or the rights of ladies, youngsters, and homosexuals? What are the restrictions on inventive freedom in a society the place sensitivities over colonial- and apartheid-era representations are acute? How does race open up discussions or shut down dialogue? and What are the parameters of freedom of speech while minorities worry that hateful language may possibly set off real violence opposed to them? studying disputes over South African paintings, track, media, editorial cartoons, historical past, public reminiscence, and numerous social practices, the tradition wars' viewpoint is extended to new territory during this learn, demonstrating its cross-cultural applicability and parsing severe debates inside this shiny society in formation.

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