suren pillay on the marikana massacre


Suren Pillay, ‘The Marikana Massacre: South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Dissensus’, Economic and Political Weekly 48, 50 (2013).

The story of the Marikana workers’ strife in South Africa suggests that the “migrant worker” is inadequately theorised as a political subject today. A more appropriate theorisation requires us to think more concretely about the migrant worker as the embodiment of indirect rule and apartheid, and not only as the archetypical figure of capitalism with fetters, or a consciousness waiting to be sublimated through socialist revolution.

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