A Turn in the South by V. S. Naipaul

By V. S. Naipaul


In the culture of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his personal in one of the Believers, A flip within the South, his first ebook concerning the usa, is a revealing, anxious, elegiac e-book concerning the American South — from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.

A revealing, demanding e-book concerning the American South - part of the rustic that still continues to be a global unto intself.

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Workforces on the border today lie at the intersection of these processes, incorporating people, shaping the landscape around them, and mediating crises. What follows examines these crises in greater detail. Zimbabwean Crises Many of the farms themselves are products of cross-border migration of a kind often overlooked, in that several of the white border farmers hail from Zimbabwe. They came in the early 1980s to avoid black rule. Farming in Zimbabwe in the past, especially during the Liberation War,17 shaped how they now think about farming across the border in South Africa.

During apartheid, black South Africans were conscious of sharing a predicament – oppression and exploitation at the hands of an Afrikaner Nationalist regime and white capital – with black non-South Africans. But after 1994, this regional inclusivity was compromised by efforts to establish national unity (Jensen and Buur 2007). It is notable in passing that, on the remote border farms, the increasingly vitriolic xenophobia to the south, especially towards black Africans, appears distant. Farm residents hear about incidents – such as the outbreaks of violent xenophobia in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2008 (see Morreira 2010) – on television or from relatives, rather than experience them directly.

The 1980s in Zimbabwe had seen high state spending on public goods such as education, fuelling the occupational aspirations 18 The liberation movement ZAPU was recruited predominantly from Matabeleland, and after the election of ZANU to government at the end of the Liberation War, the continued existence of ZAPU dissidents was taken as justification for the massacre of more than 20,000 civilians by the ZANU (PF) government’s Fifth Brigade (Muzondidya 2009: 179). There are also high levels of mobility further along Zimbabwe’s southern border, further to the northwest within Matabeleland South.

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