The Spirit of Marikana
The Rise of Insurgent Trade Unionism in South Africa (Wildcat)
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The Spirit of Marikana tells the story of the leaders of labor action at the world’s three largest platinum mining companies, who survived ongoing state-sponsored campaigns of violence, intimidation, torture, and murder to push forward a worker’s rights agenda and begin the hard work of transforming their workplaces and their nation. A close-up ethnographic account, the book brings the seemingly ordinary people behind the movement to life through vivid interviews and oral histories.
Praise For The Spirit of Marikana: The Rise of Insurgent Trade Unionism in South Africa (Wildcat)…
— Trevor Ngwane, South African anti-apartheid activist
"Presents an ethnographic investigation of the micropolitics of resistance that culminated in the strikes of 2012 and 2014 at Amplats and Lonmin; demonstrates how workers developed a critique of the discourse of their employers and their union, formed a counterdiscourse based on their own lived experiences, and undertook a set of actions in order to transform their reality and the political face of South Africa."
— Journal of Economic Literature
"Provides an important view on the workers’ movements involved."
— Daily Maverick
Pluto Press, 9780745336480, 288pp.
Publication Date: August 15, 2016