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We Are the Poors: Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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Publisher Comments:

When Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994, freedom-loving people around the world hailed a victory over racial domination, injustice and inequality. The end of apartheid did not change the basic conditions of life for the majority of oppressed South Africans, however. Material inequality has deepened and new forms of resistance have emerged in commnities that have discovered a common oppression and solidarty and forged new and dynamic political identities.

Desai's book follows the growth of the most unexpected of these community movements, describing from the inside the process through which the downtrodden regain their dignity and defend the most basic conditions of life. His book begins with one specific community, with local government enforcing cut-offs of water and electricity, and evicting families from their houses whose breadwinners have lost their jobs. As the Chatsworth community begins to organize and discover leaders among its ranks, so their example spreads to other communities in Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal region, and their struggles build links with those in other parts of the new South Africa.

We Are the Poors was a major event in the life of the South African Left when the first edition was published there in 2000. This new edition follows the ongoing course of events to the present.

Book News Annotation:

While the end of apartheid in South Africa signaled the end of legalized formal inequality, material inequality in South Africa is on the rise and new political movements have arisen to combat oppression and the neoliberal agenda of the African National Congress and the corporate globalizers. Desai (Workers' College, South Africa) recounts the story of one of these community movements arising out of Durban, describing its origins and activities in resistance to evictions, privatizations, and other deprivations of neoliberalism. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Ashwin Desai teaches at the Workers' College in Durban, South Africa, and is a newspaper columnist. He is the author of Arise Ye Coolies and South Africa: Still Revolting.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583670507
Author:
Desai, Ashwin
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
Political
Subject:
South Africa Economic policy.
Subject:
Post-apartheid era - South Africa
Subject:
International
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
94-15
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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