Ruth First in Mozambique : portrait of a scholar

Tebello, Letsekha (2012) Ruth First in Mozambique : portrait of a scholar. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

Ruth First was an activist, journalist and sociologist trained by experience and credentialed by her numerous publications. Having lived most of her adult life as an intellectual and activist, First died in August 1982 at the hands of a regime and its supporters who intensely detested all these pursuits. This research project sketches the intellectual contributions made by the South African sociologist during her time at the Centre of African Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Her life like the newspaper she edited in the early 1970s was a Fighting Talk and this research project is about celebrating that life and valorising some of the life’s work that she left behind. Making use of qualitative research methods such as archiving, semi-structured interviews and contents analysis, this thesis sought to document Ruth First’s intellectual interventions while at the Centre of African Studies. Engaging with her work while she was in Mozambique and inserting her intellectual contributions, which like those of many African scholars have given way to debates from the global North, into our curriculum would perhaps be the real refutation of the assassin's bomb. This engagement is also crucial as it extends much further than the striking accolades which take the form of buildings and lectures established in her honour.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ruth First, Activist, Journalist, Sociologist, Apartheid, South Africa, Centre of African Studies, Eduardo Mondlane University Mozambique, Fighting Talk
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Sociology and Industrial Sociology
Supervisors:Adesina, Jimi O.
ID Code:3685
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:17 Oct 2012 13:21
Last Modified:17 Oct 2012 13:21
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