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Southern Resistance in Critical Perspective

The Politics of Protest in South Africa's Contentious Democracy

Edited by Marcel Paret, Carin Runciman, Luke Sinwell

© 2017 – Routledge

194 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

From the Arab Uprising, to anti-austerity protests in Europe and the US Occupy Movement, to uprisings in Brazil and Turkey, resistance from below is flourishing. Whereas analysts have tended to look North in their analysis of the recent global protest wave, this volume develops a Southern perspective through a deep engagement with the case of South Africa, which has experienced widespread popular resistance for more than a decade. Combining critical theoretical perspectives with extensive qualitative fieldwork and rich case studies, Southern Resistance in Critical Perspective situates South Africa’s contentious democracy in relation to both the economic insecurity of contemporary global capitalism and the constantly shifting political terrain of post-apartheid nationalism. The analysis integrates worker, community and political party organizing into a broader narrative of resistance, bridging historical divisions between social movement studies, labor studies and political sociology.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Table

Notes on Contributors

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1 - Southern Resistance in Critical Perspective

Marcel Paret

Part I: Global Formations

Chapter 2 - Social Movements in the Neoliberal Age

Michael Burawoy

Chapter 3 - South African Social Movements in the Neoliberal Age

Carin Runciman

Part II: Community Formations

Chapter 4 - Postcolonial Politics: Theorizing Protest from Spaces of Exclusion

Marcel Paret

Chapter 5 - South Africa ‘Unrest’ or Rebellion: A Focus on Durban Community Protests

Tom Lodge and Shauna Mottiar

Chapter 6 - Social Movements Beyond Incorporation: The Case of the Housing Assembly in Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Zachary Levenson

Part III: Local State Formations

Chapter 7 - Party Politics and Community Mobilisation in Buffalo City, East London

Tatenda G. Mukwedeya and Patricia Ndhlovu

Chapter 8 - Protests, Party Politics, and Patronage: A View From Zandpsruit Informal Settlement, Johannesburg

Hannah Dawson

Part IV: Labour Formations

Chapter 9 - Changing Forms of Power and Municipal Worker Resistance in Johannesburg

Carmen Ludwig and Edward Webster

Chapter 10 - Organic Intellectuals and Leadership in South Africa’s Contemporary Mineworkers’ Movement

Luke Sinwell

Part V: Left Formations

Chapter 11 - South Africa’s New Left Movements: Challenges and Hopes

Noor Nieftagodien

Index

About the Editors

Marcel Paret is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah, USA, and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Carin Runciman is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Luke Sinwell is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

About the Series

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field, this series publishes a broad range of research in social movements, protest and contentious politics. This is a growing field of social science research that spans sociology and political science as well as anthropology, geography, communications and social psychology. Enjoying a broad remit, the series welcomes books on the following topics: social movement networks; social movements in the global South; social movements, protest, and culture; personalist politics, such as living environmentalism, guerrilla gardens, anticonsumerist communities, and anarchist-punk collectives; and emergent repertoires of contention.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General