SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Contingent Citizens: Professional Aspiration in a South African Hospital

Western Africa Book Launch -ANT
Chair: Parvathi Raman (SOAS) Speakers: Elizabeth Hull (SOAS), Deborah James (LSE), Isak Niehaus (Brunel)

Date: 6 December 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 6 December 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Senate House Room: G34

Type of Event: Book Launch

Contingent Citizens examines the ambiguous position of South Africa’s public sector workers, and the implications for contemporary understandings of citizenship. Focusing a lens on the professional ethic of nurses in a rural hospital, it shows how experiences are shaped by a deep history of mission medicine as well as new forms of public management and patients’ new rights in the democratic era. It highlights the limitations of the postapartheid workplace to fulfill aspirations and contain discontent.

This launch is part of the Southern Africa Seminar Series.

Organiser: Dr Elizabeth Hull