Race, Class and the Post-Apartheid Democratic State

UKZN Press
396 pages - 230mm x 150mm
Paperback / softback (9781869144197)
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This book provides an overdue critical re-engagement with the analytical approach exemplified by the work of Harold Wolpe, who was a key theorist within the liberation movement. It probes the following broad questions: how do we understand the trajectory of the post-apartheid period, how did the current situation come about in the transformation, how does the current situation relate to how a post-apartheid society was conceived in anticipation, and what are the implications of what have been failed ambitions for progressives? The contributions to this volume cohere around the following themes: labour and capital in post-apartheid South Africa, the post-apartheid South African economy, the state and transformation of South African society, and social policy in post-apartheid South Africa. The aim is not to provide a common or coherent theoretical perspective, but rather to probe a core problematic and set of theoretical concerns. The contributing authors explore not only historical and contemporary specifics, but deploy and reflect on theoretical tools that allow us to make sense of those specifics and to engage with the dynamics of race and class, and the form and functioning of the state, including its articulation with an increasingly financialised form of global capitalism.

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Introduction: Revisiting Harold Wolpe in Post-apartheid
South Africa
Part 1 Labour and Capital in Post-apartheid South Africa
Chapter 1 The Countryside and Capitalism: Rethinking the Cheap Labour Thesis in Post-apartheid South Africa
Chapter2 Colonialism of a Special Type and the Approach of the MarxistWorkers’ Tendency of the African National Congress to the NationalQuestion
Part 2 The Post-apartheid South African Economy
Chapter 3 Post-apartheid South Africa: It’s Neoliberalism, Stupid!
Chapter 4 Harold Wolpe and the (Failed) Transformation of South African Capitalism
Part 3 The State and the Transformation of South African Society
Chapter 5 Challenging Hegemony within the South African State
Chapter 6 Political Economy and Political Responsibility
Chapter 7 Reracialising and Resegregating South Africa: Municipal Neoliberalism and Internal Colonialism after 1994
Part 4 Social Policy in Post-apartheid South Africa: Education and Health
Chapter 8 Transforming Policy and Fiscal Institutions for the Public Good: The Case of Health
Chapter 9 Articulation and a Theorisation of Educational Change: Reflections on Harold Wolpe’s Work on South Africa
Chapter 10 The Equity-Quality/Development Paradox and Higher Education Transformation Post-1994
Chapter11 South African University Student Trends by ‘Race’ and (Possibly)Social Class, 1988–98 and 2000–12: Further Insights into a ‘StalledRevolution’
Conclusion: Harold Wolpe: Towards the Politics of Liberation in a Democratic South Africa