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South Africa's Political Crisis : Unfinished Liberation and Fractured Class Struggles

Author: Alexander Beresford
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
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South Africa's current political upheavals are the most significant since the transition from apartheid. Its powerful trade unions are playing a central role, and the political direction they take will have huge significance for how we understand the role of labour movements in struggles for social justice in the twenty-first century.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Beresford
ISBN: 9781137436603 1137436603 1349572985 9781349572984
OCLC Number: 945116580
Description: 1 online resource (192 pages) : online resource
Contents: Cover --
South Africa's Political Crisis --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
1 Liberation's Dream Deferred --
A dream deferred: the transition to democracy --
The awkward embrace of neoliberalism --
Towards a post-nationalist era? --
A brief history of the Alliance --
The implicit ideological compromise of the Alliance --
Whither the Alliance? --
Summary of the argument --
Unpacking the NUMSA moment --
Organisational dilemmas and the great transition from below --
Exhausted or regenerative nationalism? --
2 Blurred Ideological Fault Lines --
Responses to the NDP --
Responses to the militant strike wave --
The Marikana massacre: the final straw? --
Ideological blurring and the nationalist- populist backlash --
Conclusion: fragmented labour struggles and defensive nationalism --
3 Internecine Factionalism --
The interpenetration of union and ANC political struggles --
Patronage politics in the unions? --
Coups, purges and fractures --
Violence --
Corruption allegations --
Sexual misconduct allegations --
The blurred lines of patronage politics --
Conclusion: a labour movement at war with itself --
4 Class Formation and the Politics of Social Mobility --
Class formation and the mobility divide --
Competing class interests within union structures --
The double-edged sword of upward mobility: the positive side --
The double-edged sword of upward mobility: the negative side --
Conclusion: understanding the 'transition from below' --
5 Union Democracy, Social Mobility and Stifled Militancy --
Democracy at the grass roots? --
Social mobility as a source of union decline? --
The loss of a collective mobilising identity --
Conclusion: mobilise or gradually wilt --
6 Exhausted or Regenerative Nationalism? --
The symbolic political capital of ANC nationalism --
The limits of symbolic political capital --
The broad reach of nationalism. Workers' relationships with the post-apartheid state: workers' rights --
Workers' relationships with the post-apartheid state: service delivery --
Workers' relationships with the post-apartheid state: social welfare --
No ordinary party --
Conclusion --
7 Conclusion: Fractured Labour Struggles and the Unfinished Project of Liberation --
Notes --
4 Class Formation and the Politics of Social Mobility --
5 Union Democracy, Social Mobility and Stifled Militancy --
6 Exhausted or Regenerative Nationalism? --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: by Alexander Beresford.

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