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Title: Violence at the end of the rainbow
Authors: Hemson, Crispin 
Keywords: South Africa;Marikana
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2013
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Source: Hemson, C. 2013. Violence at the End of the Rainbow.' Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice. 25(1): 51-57.
South Africa presents contradictory images—that of a miracle of reconcilia-
tion, the Rainbow Nation, and that of societal decay, evidenced by the police
shooting of thirty-six mineworkers at Marikana in 2012. It is important to
explore how these threads are connected in South African society, where
structural violence is replicated under conditions of major and democratic
political change.
While the specific case is South African, the interactions are typical of
other societies. This case illustrates, however, the nature of what Tani Adams
refers to as the “chronic violence” that afflicts certain societies, in which
multiple factors—such as racism, social inequality, environmental damage,
the migrant labor system, and what Tani Adams refers to as “disjunctive
democratization”—work to ensure both the continued reproduction of vio-
lence and its role in enabling the enrichment of corrupt elites.
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