South Africa

by Hlengiwe Ndlovu, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa In recent years, South Africa has been gripped by a student movement unprecedented in its militancy, arguably, since the 1976 Soweto students uprising. The #FeesMustFall movement emerged in 2015 and continued into 2016. The demands were forged around access to free quality education, and the transformation […]

by Kammila Naidoo, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and member of ISA Research Committees on Women in Society (RC32), Biography and Society (RC38), and Clinical Sociology (RC46) Remembering Khwezi’s Story In 2005, a lesbian woman, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo (best known by her pseudonym, Khwezi), accused Jacob Zuma, the man who was later to become South […]

by Michelle Williams, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and member of ISA Research Committees on Economy and Society (RC02) and Labor Movements (RC44) Marx’s ideas about the emancipatory and oppressive dimensions of capitalism have inspired scholars, politicos, and activists across the globe for over 150 years and have led to an entire intellectual tradition […]

South African universities have faced enormous challenges in overcoming the legacies of apartheid. We witnessed just how deep and complex are those legacies in recent student movements – #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall – but they should not detract from novel experiments taking place in South African higher education. Among these the National Institute of the Humanities […]

Karl von Holdt has had a long and distinguished history of political engagement and scholarship. He was editor of the South African Labor Bulletin, at a time when labor was dictating the movement of South African society. He has worked for NALEDI, the policy institute of COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), and served […]

by Michelle Williams, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and member of ISA Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44). In Kerala, India, a remarkable worker cooperative has defied the predictions of mainstream economists for over 90 years. Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS), a 2000 member-strong worker-owned construction cooperative, builds large infrastructure projects such as […]

by Elena Moore, University of Cape Town and Jeremy Seekings, University of Cape Town, South Africa and former Vice-President of ISA Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development (RC21) and member of Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare, and Social Policy (RC19) High levels of financial assistance and physical care are needed and given in […]

by Ellen Kuhlmann, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Tuba Agartan, Providence College, USA; Debby Bonnin, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Javier Pablo Hermo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Monika Lengauer, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany; Shaun Ruggunan, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and Virendra P. Singh, University of Allahabad, […]

by Prishani Naidoo, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa The dominant narrative of South Africa’s first twenty years of non-racial electoral democracy emphasizes the successes of the formal political institutions, players, policies and processes shaped and activated in this period. Nonetheless, the informal intrudes constantly, perhaps most vocally in the form of protests that emerge in […]

by Amrita Pande, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Ditte Maria Bjerg, Global Stories Productions, Denmark “It was excellent. I’ve never seen documentary theater as urgent as this, where a PhD sociologist and actress performs the research of a subject.” Simon Andersen, “Smagsdommerne,” Danish National Television. For our colleagues in theater and performance studies, […]