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Title:Ruth First's Contribution to African Studies
Author:Williams, Gavin
Year:1996
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:14
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:197-220
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African studies
journalists
political philosophy
Anthropology and Archaeology
Education and Oral Traditions
nationalism
Politics and Government
research
About person:Ruth First (1925-1982)ISNI
Abstract:The South African journalist and political activist Ruth First was killed in 1982 by a bomb enclosed in a letter addressed to her at the Centre for African Studies at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, where she was Research Director. This paper examines the writings of Ruth First, her style and recurrent themes in her works, viz. capitalism, socialism and the people. It pays attention to First's publications on migrant, forced and prison labour in South Africa; labour and colonialism in Namibia; foreign capital and South African capitalism; coups d'état in Africa (notably in Sudan, Nigeria and Ghana); Kadhafi's Libya; the South African novelist Olive Schreiner; and miners, socialism and research in Moçambique. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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