Politics in the slum: a view from South Africa

Pithouse, Richard Michael (2010) Politics in the slum: a view from South Africa. Das Argument, 52 (6). ISSN 0004-1157 (Unpublished)

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[from introduction]The modern state, and its civil society, have always been comfortable with workers in their allotted place – be it formed around the immediate needs of industrial production, like the migrant workers hostels in apartheid South Africa or contemporary Dubai, or an attempt at creating a haven, like the suburban home which has its roots in the gendered and raced class compromise reached in North America after the Second World War. When there has been a part of the population rendered or considered superfluous to the immediate needs of production there has been a degree of comfort with the inevitably bounded spaces into which these people have been abandoned or contained – prisons, ghettos, Bantustans etc. But both the modern state and civil society have always been acutely uncomfortable with that part of the ‘dangerous class’ - vagabonds or squatters - that are, by virtue of their occupation of space outside of state regulation, by definition out of place and threatening to domination constructed, along with other lines of force, on the ordering of space.

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Additional Information:This article is the English version of the German article published in Das Argument * This article, at the request of Das Argument, synthesises two pieces first published in English. They are‘Thinking Resistance in the Shanty Town’ Mute Magazine, 25 August 2006, and ‘The May 2008 Pogroms:xenophobia, evictions, liberalism, and democratic grassroots militancy in South Africa’, Sanhati, 16 June 2008. They have both been reduced in length and some new text has been inserted in order to weave them together. However this piece does not deal with events in South Africa after May 2008. * Das Argument, No. 289 (6/2010), Vol. 52., special issue title "Stadt in der Revolte", article title: "Living Politics" in den Armenvierteln: Eine Wortmeldung aus Südafrika".
Uncontrolled Keywords:South Africa; labour; labor; states; migrants; migration; class; segregations; slums; popular struggle; urban populations
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Political Studies and International Studies
ID Code:1763
Deposited By: Ms Fiona Still
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 20:57
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