top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
A Turbulent South Africa
Post-apartheid Social Protest
A Turbulent South Africa
Click on image to enlarge

Jérôme Tournadre - Author
Andrew Brown - Translator
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 294 pages
Release Date: March 2018
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6977-5

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 294 pages
Release Date: January 2019
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6976-8

Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...

Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Highlights the continuing social unrest and public protest occurring in South Africa’s poorest districts.

Frequently praised for its democratic transition, South Africa has experienced an almost uninterrupted cycle of social protest since the late 1990s. There have been increasing numbers of demonstrations against the often appalling living conditions of millions of South Africans, pointing to the fact that they have yet to achieve full citizenship. A Turbulent South Africa offers a new look at this historic period in the existence of the young South African democracy, far removed from the idealistic portrait of the “Rainbow Nation.” Jérôme Tournadre draws on interviews and observations to take the reader from the backstreets of the squatters’ camps to international militant circles, and from the immediate, infra-political level to the worldwide anti-capitalist protest movement. He investigates the mechanisms and the meaning of social discontent in light of several different phenomena. These include, the struggle of the poor to gain recognition, the persistent memory of the fight against apartheid, the developments in the political world since the “Mandela Years,” the coexistence of liberal democracy with a “popular politics” found in poor and working-class districts, and many other factors that have played a crucial part in the social and political tensions at the heart of post-apartheid South Africa.

“The analysis in A Turbulent South Africa is impressive, offering nuance and complexity rather than oversimplification. Tournadre clearly took time to enter and understand the worlds of movement leaders, and he nicely conveys this world to the reader.” — Mobilization

Jérôme Tournadre is Researcher in Political Science at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a member of CNRS’s Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique, both located in France.

Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1. The Return of the “Time of Demonstrations”

2. “Ordinary People?”

3. “Our rights are for sale!”

4. Specificities of the Post-apartheid Social Protest

5. Social Movements against the ANC?

6. An Intermediate Political Space?


Related Subjects