Forging New Political Identities in the Shanty Towns of Durban, South Africa

Presented by Richard Pithouse

Monday, 22 October, 2018 - 15:00

This contribution offers some observations with regard to political identities in a pop- ular movement largely based in the shantytowns of Durban, South Africa. It seeks to examine, via more than a decade of immersion and research, one instance of how popular organisation and mobilisation have been mediated through shifting political identities. It argues that if discourse professionals on the left are to become effective actors it will be necessary to take popular political identities a lot more seriously, and to enable mutually transformative engagement between theory and actually-existing forms of popular striving and struggle.

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