Chronic pain, young happiness, by Jean-Christophe Cervant (Le Monde Diplomat, January 2021)

Dthem The provocative university study renewed South Africa’s economic capital, Johannesburg, or Agoli’s image in the Sotho language. The first is the result of extensive work done by a multi-disciplinary South African team (study of religions, media, urban geography or migration). The other, more polite, Xavier Livermon, an African-American researcher, is signed Queer, Specialized in the diasporas of the continent. Both summon emotions. Concern for the former. Euphoria for another.

In Megalopolis, the researcher in the preface outlines Sisinke MisimangWorrying jobber (1), « You never know the nightmare awaits you around the corner, and if you believe in your karma it is part of the city’s charm. In any case, it is impossible to believe that everything that happened before – gold, money, silicosis, and the unbearable injustice of it all – has been changed. Even in its smallest corners, the city always looks behind it » This refreshing work sets out to describe how and why in Johannesburg is an important principle of everyday life, regardless of social class or race. White or black phobia: In a later broadcast of a charitable concert or on the sidelines colony Between Sol Platje, between Roadport and Soweto, it is a permanent meeting « With its lethality » The legacy left by apartheid in the city’s psyche is the subject of many fascinating texts, whether it is the lack of cycling among the city’s blacks, or the fear that a large insect buys among the whites. Raja Cricket African, surname “ Parktown Shrimp », With reference to the suburb of that name. Often taking into account his own mental state, the author offers an intimate and spatial journey through the integrality of the igoli.

In the mid-1990s, Livermon first started dancing to the sounds of South African urban music, in the famous home of Tandoor, a club located in Yeovil district. Rainbow nation »: Le Quito. « Listening, dancing, singing and offering quito to my body He writes Quito Bodies, I learned my most valuable lessons about post-apartheid independence in South Africa (2). » After more than fifteen years of work, the author described how this cultural movement was also, « Politically disruptive », Of « Revenge of freedom », Including the bodies of black youth. The melting pot of Johannesburg and its new areas of night, « Image display Jotsi [voyou] » And position under the leadership of singer Mandoja « Dangerous woman, as she defined popular conventions on femininity » Both are now missing – by artist Lebo Mathosa. Researchers do not forget to remember that the neoliberal reforms initiated by the new South Africa, and the plethora of new imported goods, were also instrumental in eventually emerging from the Quito way of life – towards which “ Style “, Consumption and Enjoyment – Only the Fall of Apartheid.

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