Commodification and Commercialization of Human Relations in South African Literature

A Study of K. Sellor Duiker's Thirteen Cents.

  • Ojiakor, Chinyere Theodora Madonna University Nigeria
Keywords: Commodification, Commercialization, Human Relations, South Africa, Literature


As post-apartheid literature, Thirteen Cents along with K. Sellor Duiker's other works, is an example of post-apartheid literature. Told from Azure's perspective, Duiker weaves a narrative that lays bare the violence, exploitation, racial and sexual politics found just under the surface of South African society. The aim of this research is to explore as it affects the protagonist, human relations in South Africa. The world depicted by Duiker through the detailed descriptions of his protagonist's struggle to survive on the streets is one of rampant violence, subjugation and the commercialization of human relations. Scholars have interpreted Thirteen Cents as a critique of South African society and, more specifically, of the issue of street children in post-apartheid South Africa.  Anchored on the realist tradition, this work through a descriptive analysis of the data collected from the primary source exposes the multifaceted hardships facing street youths, thus significantly contributes to the literature on street children. It recommends a continuum of care for those already on the street, but points also to the need for preventive services.