An exploration into the weird, wonderful and often unholy history of Christmases


By: Prof Letlhokwa Mpedi

To those who are looking forward to winding down soon and very soon, we are with you. As for those who are pondering on what book to relax with during the festive break, we have you covered. Santa Claus: Law, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Decolonisation and Covid-19, is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind book that takes the mickey out of Santa Claus from a variety of perspectives.

It provides some interesting insights into the weird, wonderful and often unholy history of Christmases; concentrates on the questions of whether Santa Claus and his associates may be or are above the law; shines the spotlight on the unbearable working conditions that the elves and reindeer are subjected to; addresses the widespread discriminatory practices and policies perpetrated by Santa Claus and his elves; reflects on Santa’s unlawful surveillance of people using artificial intelligence technology to determine who is naughty or nice; discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Santa’s quest to spread the Christmas cheer.

Click here to read this intriguing book.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this book as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

*Professor Letlhokwa Mpedi is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal Designate, University of Johannesburg (UJ).

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