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Title:Special issue: paper regimes
Editor:Dhupelia-Mesthrie, UmaISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History (ISSN 0259-0190)
City of publisher:Bellville
Publisher:University of the Western Cape, Institute for Historical Research
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:civil registration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/i24341926
Abstract:This special issue of Kronos on paper regimes does two things. It brings together, for the first time, a collection of articles on South Africa that deal specifically with registration. Secondly, several articles are concerned with the documents of identity that arise out of state attempts to control mobility within the country and into the country. Almost every article has a reference to registration. These may be the nature of 'opgaaf' rolls (household details of people and possessions) or the estate inventories of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and their difference from, for instance, slave registers of the later British period; the ships' lists recording the indentured passengers arriving in Natal from India; the listing of brand marks on livestock in the Cape Colony; the passenger forms of those disembarking at the Cape ports; the lack of birth and marriage registers in India in the early twentieth century and the consequences for those arriving at Cape ports; the registration of the Chinese in the Cape; the permits needed for border crossings between Mozambique and South Africa; the official lists of prisoners with deportable offences; the listing of Demetrios Tsafendas on a 'Stop List' to prevent his entry into the country; the apartheid population register which culminated in identity documents and the more adventurous Book of Life for each individual; the title deeds registry in the Cape with reference to African land purchases; and the project of the Department of Home Affairs in contemporary South Africa to record asylum seekers and, in particular, to list those from Zimbabwe. Contributors: Zuleiga Adams, Roni Amit, Keith Breckenridge, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, Karen l. Harris, Jonathan Hyslop, Rosalie Kingwill, Norma Kriger, Andrew MacDonald, Goolam Vahed, Lance van Sittert, Thembisa Waetjen, Nigel Worden. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]