This volume of essays is a reflection on social memory as a force for social and economic transformation.

Written by scholars and organic intellectuals, it focuses on the uses of social memory, in particular the conflict between the legacies of colonialism and the movement for fundamental change. The content addresses both experts and ordinary citizens alike, with a view to advancing discourse on where we are right now, and how we move on from here to achieve meaningful transformation. As scholars and public representatives with a deep understanding of the social, economic and political dynamics of modern history of South Africa, the contributors offer their unique perspectives and reflections on history, politics, economics, culture, education, ethics and the arts, as well as the links that bind these aspects into an ecology of ideas and attitudes.

chapter Chapter 1|10 pages

Contradictions in Memorialising Liberation History 1

ByAlbie Sachs

chapter Chapter 4|13 pages

Memory and Socioeconomic Transformation in South Africa

ByVusi Gumede

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

Homeland Manifestations—A Postapartheid Denigration of Social Cohesion

ByModimowabarwa Kanyane

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Memory, Knowledge and Freedom: From Dismemberment and Re-Membering

BySabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

chapter Chapter 10|16 pages

Reconciliation and Social Justice in South Africa: Still the Unfinished Business of the Trc?

ByTembeka Ngcebetsha-Mooij

chapter Chapter 11|14 pages

Rising Violence: The Crisis of Broken Individuals

ByWilliam Gumede

chapter Chapter 12|16 pages

Social Memory through Posthumous Remembrance

ByMoeketsi Letseka

chapter Chapter 13|16 pages

Memorialising the Community Public Health Legacy of the Ribeiros

ByOlga Makhubela-Nkondo

chapter Chapter 14|13 pages

The Place of Memory in the Life and Work of Desmond Tutu

ByTinyiko Maluleke

chapter Chapter 15|9 pages

Memorialising the Untold Stories of Women, for Transformation

ByThenjiwe Mtintso

chapter Chapter 17|8 pages

Memories of, and Reflections on, Broadcasting in South Africa

ByMarcia Socikwa

chapter Chapter 21|10 pages

Memorialising the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania 1

ByMolefe Ike Mafole

chapter Chapter 22|12 pages

To Sing or not to Sing: The Protest Song in South Africa Today

ByVuyisile Msila

chapter Chapter 23|12 pages

Shared Dreams: Creative Art—From Collective Memory to Social Transformation

ByJudy Seidman

chapter Chapter 25|9 pages

Memorialising Freedom During Covid-19 Lockdown in South Africa

ByTembeka Ngcebetsha-Mooij

chapter Chapter 26|10 pages

The Political Economy and Ethics of Global Solidarit in Covid-19

ByMuxe Nkondo