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Concerning issues: Making things political in Durban

Currently, Eva is working on turning her thesis into a book and re-writing individual chapters into articles. The thesis focused on ‘issue’ politics and processes of ‘issue-ification’ unfolding in Durban, South Africa. Pursuing an STS and pragmatist-inspired approach, she has been concerned with tracing specific trajectories of ‘issue-ification’ – in her case pertaining particularly to HIV/AIDS, development, service delivery and political violence in Durban. The larger argument she makes is that by tracing the articulation of ‘issues’, i.e. people’s efforts to address public matters of concern, prompts us to reconsider what we readily come to recognise as belonging to the ‘political’. The articulation of problematic entanglements – that actors and groups of actors are implicated in – frequently evades the sites we readily consider to be political.

 

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