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Title:Is 'another world' really possible? Re-examining counter-hegemonic forces in postapartheid South Africa
Author:Sinwell, LukeISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Volume:38
Issue:127
Pages:61-76
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:action groups
communities
poverty
housing
townships
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056244.2011.552588
Abstract:A wide body of scholarly literature on social movements on an international level emphatically, but uncritically, declares that 'another world is possible'. This paper investigates this trend and its implications for political and academic practice in postapartheid South Africa, where community-based movements have emerged primarily in order to access basic services. In particular, it highlights the pivotal role that the State and poor people's immediate basic needs play in limiting social movements' contribution towards a transformative development agenda. Paying close attention to poor people's struggles and needs, the paper argues that there is a sharp disjuncture between the ideologies manufactured by academics, and the worldviews that the working class and poor possess. It concludes by providing insight into the possibilities for postapartheid political struggles - praxis - to lead to the formation of class consciousness and to a formidable challenge to neoliberalism. The paper draws from five years of ethnographic research in the black township of Alexandra, which has been the beneficiary of the Alexandra Renewal Project. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum. (Carin Runciman responds to this paper in: Review of African Political Economy, vol. 38, no. 130 (2011), p. 607-614) [Journal abstract]
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