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Hull, Elizabeth (2017) Contingent Citizens: Professional Aspiration in a South African Hospital. London: Bloomsbury. (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology)

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Over the last decade, South Africa has experienced widening inequality, with the ostentatious lifestyles of a political and business elite juxtaposed against the growing unrest of a large “wageless” population. But what about the educated middle tier that are joining the lower ranks of government services, those who service the country’s hospitals, schools, police stations and offices? How have they experienced the promises of democracy since the transition to majority rule? Contingent Citizens explores the ambiguous status of the ‘professional’ classes, and asks what it means to be aspirational in South Africa today. The emerging tropes of liberal democracy—those of ‘accountability’ and ‘rights’—generate fear and criticism among nurses working in a rural government hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. But rather than simply responding to, or even resisting, these hegemonic discourses, nurses are engaged in a range of practices from international migration to new religious movements that signal a desire to formulate new material and ethical visions of citizenship.

Item Type: Authored Books
Additional Information: Co-Winner of the LSE First Monograph Competition 2016
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
ISBN: 9781350027770
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2016 13:37
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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