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Dreamscapes of ModernitySociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power$
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Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276496

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276663.001.0001

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Cecil Rhodes and the Making of a Sociotechnical Imaginary for South Africa

Cecil Rhodes and the Making of a Sociotechnical Imaginary for South Africa

(p.34) Two Cecil Rhodes and the Making of a Sociotechnical Imaginary for South Africa
Dreamscapes of Modernity

William Kelleher Storey

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the visionary technopolitics of Cecil Rhodes, an English-born South African businessman and politician. It analyzes how Rhodes' technological vision (with respect to mining, railroads, telegraphs, etc.) and social vision (of a particular racial and political order) were closely intertwined with one another and eventually led to a distinct imperial vision for South Africa. It traces the ways in which the scaling up of sociotechnical imaginary—from an individual's mind to the continent—constructed South Africa.

Keywords:   sociotechnical imaginary, imperialism, colonialism, Cecil Rhodes, South Africa

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