Social Change, Southern African Case Studies

Convener: Prof. Rosabelle Boswell (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa);

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has experienced dramatic social change in the past 100 years. From the institution of apartheid in South Africa to decolonisation in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as the implementation of a Truth and Justice Commission in Mauritius. The region's nations have been compelled to adapt to new social circumstances and to forge alternative modes of living. Drawing on anthropological and historical fieldwork, this panel will offer country specific examples from southern Africa to explore and interrogate how change has been experienced or managed and what processes of change mean for society in southern Africa.