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Working the SystemA Political Ethnography of the New Angola$
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Jon Schubert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713699

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713699.001.0001

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The Affects of Place and Memory

(p.53) Chapter 2 Sambizanga
Working the System

Jon Schubert

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at the affects of place in the ‘historic’ neighbourhood of Sambizanga: how does the material transformation of a specific place seep into people’s memories? How does the engagement with urban space, and narrative-making stabilise the unruliness and disruptive potential of past violence that cannot publicly be spoken of? The chapter discusses the multiple ways in which memories are a central element to the renegotiation and dialogical construction of the relation of ‘people’ with ‘power’, and how political subjectivities within the system are shaped by central affects like fear, melancholia, or nostalgia for the future promised at independence.

Keywords:   Affect, Memory, Place, Nostalgia, Trauma, Violence, Urban traffic, MPLA, 27 de Maio, 1992 Angolan elections

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