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Psychoanalysis as Torat Hayim

In Praise of Separation

Agata Bielik-Robson

‘science’ with a normative dimension that derives from the long tradition of torat hayim : the teaching of the separate life that can never magically undo the very fact of birth. The term ‘natalism’, which here I take as the best philosophical

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Decorating Mothers, Defining Maternity

The Invention of the French Family Medal and the Rise of Profamily Ideology in 1920s France

Hannah M. Stamler

during the interwar. 4 This article offers the first detailed analysis of the creation of this curious decoration, enriching work on late Third Republic natalism, maternalism, and feminism by interrogating the role of material culture in the CSN's quest

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On Thinking New Times Philosophically

Daniel Herwitz

This is a paper about what it means to be early. Philosophy has been early from the moment of its inception in the west. Socrates was the first to have been ‘ahead of his time’. Thinking of himself under the sign of a midwife, he believed himself to be stamped with the project of giving birth to a new form of thinking which would in the first instance be critical of existing templates of thought and in the second grasp the essentially experimental character of the search for knowledge. To bring about a sea change in the young, to bring them to the brink of this questioning, experimental moment, to accommodate them to the whirl of a reality whose contours were unknown and whose design undiscovered was for him the task of education. This questioning spirit, meant to challenge the oligarchic and the complacent through a relentless cross-examination or ‘elenchus’, famously accepts that the wisest person is ‘the one who knows that he does not know’ and famously acknowledges the difficulty in achieving genuine knowledge of anything in this kaleidoscopic world.

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Without fear and reproach

The role-playing games community as a challenge to mainstream culture

Tat'iana Barchunova and Natal'ia Beletskaia

The article describes one of the most developed networks of intellectual youth in post-Soviet Russia. This network originated in science-fiction clubs and the 'Zarnitsa game' of the 1960s to 1980s. Yet unlike Zarnitsa games, which have been used at Soviet schools as an instrument of political mainstreaming, the current role-playing games community is opposing itself to mainstream politics and popular culture. The article approaches this network as a community of practice, which is constituted by three basic elements: learning, doing, and justification of meaning. Both leaders and rank-and-file members of the community justify their agency within the community through the concept of rule. It is the rule-governed community, which according to them, helps them to feel secure and fearless in a society that they see as devoid of any strict regulations. The article closes with an analysis of the inner and outer conflicts of the role-playing games community.

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Federica Stagni and Daryl Glaser

Race, Class and the Post-Apartheid Democratic State, edited by John Reynolds, Ben Fine. and Robert van Niekerk. Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2019. 396 pp. This collection revisits the work of Harold Wolpe, the

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Ndumiso Daluxolo Ngidi, Xolani Ntinga, Ayanda Khumalo, and Zaynab Essack

communities, Vulindlela and Edendale, located on the northwest perimeter of Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province of South Africa. These communities reflect socioeconomic distress that manifests, in part, in violent contact crimes. For example

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Enwinding Social Theory

Wind and Weather in Zulu Zionist Sensorial Experiences

Rune Flikke

talk’. This interpretation is a direct parallel to divination through a spiritual power referred to as abalozi , which I will return to below. Birds soar on the currents created as the winds interact with the characteristic rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal

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Alex Lichtenstein

lecturer in the University of Natal’s Department of Politics, where he had come from a brief stint at Rhodes University only three years before. During those three years in Durban, Turner had spoken at dozens of student meetings and addressed numerous

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Stanley Chojnacki

families of birth. They called upon their parents and siblings as executors of their wills half again as often as their husbands did. In the testaments of 205 wives, more than three-quarters—78 percent—included members of the woman’s natal family among her

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Anthony Egan SJ and Ricardo de São João

Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid, by Steven Friedman. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-86914-286-5.

Jan Smuts and the Indian Question, by Vineet Thakur. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1-86914-378-7.