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.
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.
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