South African Heterotopia

Charles Villet’s PhD thesis, by publication,  includes two articles on heterotopia which I have mentioned in previous posts.

The whole thesis is now available at this link:

Villet, C. (2018) The South African heterotopia: Whiteness and the postcolonial struggle for recognition beyond Apartheid. Melbourne: Monash University (PhD dissertation).

This thesis looks at the politics of recognition in post-Apartheid South Africa with specific reference to whiteness and affluence. The study proposes a white politics of acknowledgment with the aim to form a philosophical interpretation and critique of the life-world of suburban whiteness. The main hypothesis is that South Africa is a postcolonial heterotopia due to the continued proliferation of economic Apartheid. The study charts the way in which the dialectic of colonial times and Apartheid has become a postcolonial heterotopia after Apartheid. A postcolonial theory of recognition is outlined to show how mutual recognition is problematised beyond Apartheid.