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Power Politics and the Emotions: Impossible Governance | Shona Hunter Book

Power Politics and the Emotions: Impossible Governance?

Shona Hunter’s recent publication Power, Politics Emotions: Impossible Governance (June 2015, in the Routledge book series Social Justice) draws together ongoing work on the emotions, identities and subjectivities in equalities governance.


Prof. Shona Hunter is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy Governance at the University of Leeds, and a Visiting Associate Professor with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg. With a BA Hons in Social Policy (1999), MA in Social Research with Distinction, 2000 and PhD in Social Policy, 2005, University of Birmingham, Prof Hunter’s work is interdisciplinary albeit with a background in critical policy studies. Her research interests cover all aspects of welfare governance. Prof. Hunter is academic lead for the ‘White Spaces’ research collaboration, which brings together colleagues from 23 Countries, with core members from Australia, Canada, the USA, South Africa and across Europe using critical whiteness studies. Related publications include a special issue of the journal Social Politics with colleagues in Australia and the USA on ‘Reproducing and resisting whiteness in organisations, policies and places’. Aspects of this White Spaces work are currently being developed as part of the British Academy Grant ‘Challenging Institutional Whiteness in Postcolonial Times’. Other publications include Equal Opportunities International, Journal of Psychosocial Studies, Journal of Social Work Practice. She sits on the Editorial Collective of Critical Social Policy and on the Editorial Board of Sociology.

Prof. Grace Khunou is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Johannesburg, and Vice Dean of Research in the Faculty of Humanities. She holds a PhD in Sociology (2007), MA in Sociology (2001) and BA Hons in Industrial Sociology (1999), and has research interests in gender and health, social policy and the Black middle class. Prof. Khunou writes creatively and academically and has published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and research reports. These include, among others, her authored book What Middle Class: the flux experiences of class, and articles in journals such as: Development Southern Africa (2015); Open Family Studies Journal; International Journal of Psychology; South African Review of Sociology; Communication; African Identities (International); and Public Culture. Prof. Khunou has also presented more than thirty papers in international and local conferences and reviews articles for SARS and other local academic journals.

Dr Heidi Grunebaum is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. Her work focuses on memory, narrative and aesthetic responses to the afterlives of mass violence and psycho-geographies of displacement. Publications exploring this include a monograph, ‘Memorializing the Past: Everyday Life in South Africa after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ (New Jersey: Transaction, 2011), co-edited book ‘Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project Archive’ (Cape Town: CHR, 2012) and co-produced documentary film ‘The Village Under the Forest’ (2013). Dr Grunebaum has also published extensively in Current Writing, Research in African Literatures, Fantomas, the PMLA, Encounters: International Journal on Culture and Society, Third Text Africa, Southern African Anthropology and contributed to the Cape

Times and Voices from the South (Karibu, Norway). She holds a Masters in French literature from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a Phd in History from UWC (2007) and an A.W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the CHR (2009). 

Prof. Christi van der Westhuizen is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender at the University of Pretoria. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Political Economy and South African Politics (Cum Laude) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Prof. van der Westhuizen has held positions as a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town, and a research associateship with the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State. Books authored include: Working Democracy: Perspectives on South Africa's Parliament at 20 Years (2014); White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party (2007) and, as editor, Gender Instruments in Africa: Critical Perspectives, Future Strategies (2005). She also contributed to the book In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation (2010) and to various journals, including African Studies as a guest editor. Prof. van der Westhuizen started her working life as a journalist at the independent anti-apartheid weekly Vrye Weekblad, and was awarded the Mondi Paper Newspaper Award for her political columns in the media. She is a regular commentator on race, gender and democracy in the media.

Prof. Desiree Lewis is a Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape, a Council Member of the National English Literary Museum, and currently serves on the editorial boards of four academic journals. Her research interests span literary and popular culture, global feminist knowledges and politics, the politics of visuality and representation postcolonial writing and culture, with a focus in developing feminist intellectual activist networks throughout Africa through research and editorial work on feminist networking and knowledge production. Prof. Lewis has also has participated in webinars, workshops and seminars on gender, race and sexualities in South Africa and writes on feminism and gender. Publications include her book Living on a Horizon: Bessie Head and the Politics of Imagining; journal articles in Agenda, Social Dynamics, Feminist Africa; Feminism in Africa; and chapter contributions in Was it Something I Wore: Dress, Identity, Materiality. Cape Town: HSRC Press, 2012; Tamale, S, ed. African Sexualities: A Reader. Cape Town, Dakar, Nairobi and Oxford: Pambazuka Press), pp 119-217. And Gordon-Chipembere, N. ed. Representation and Black Womanhood. New York: Palgrave. pp101-120.

Prof. Lewis has been a Fulbright scholar-in-residence, a research associate at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala Sweden, and a visiting researcher and lecturer in the United States and Sweden.