Ercüment Çelik (2010)
Street Traders: A Bridge Between Trade Unions and Social Movements in Contemporary South Africa.
How much did the transition from apartheid to post-apartheid change the lives of the 'truly disadvantaged' in South Africa? How do these people
struggle against their marginalisation and exclusion in post-apartheid era?
This book seeks answers by exploring the new democratic street traders'
organisations, the shack-dwellers' movement, their relations with trade unions
and their alliance in the 'World Class Cities For All' Campaign on the way to
the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The author explains how the mobilisation of street
traders' struggles inadvertently brought together social movements with trade
unions, emphatically signalling the potential reactivation of 'social movement
unionism' in contemporary South
Ercüment Çelik's ambitious study illustrates how the South Africa's disenfranchised reinvented linkages between social movements and the trade
union movement through the spirited mobilisation and strategic inquests of
their leadership. This book is essential reading for all socio-political
enthusiasts fascinated by the reinvention of a new type of social movement
unionism in the global south.
Review copies available.
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Dr. Ercüment Çelik is researcher and lecturer in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
Achievement by RC44 member:
From "WITS NEWS" 06.05.2010
"WITS SCHOLAR LUCIEN VAN DER WALT WINS CODESRIA AWARD
Lucien van der Walt of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, was recently awarded the
2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
(CODESRIA) prize for best African doctoral thesis.
His PhD thesis on "Anarchism and Syndicalism in South Africa, 1904-1924: rethinking the history of labour and the left" was
praised by the jury of leading African scholars as "a major contribution
to the re-reading of the social history of Southern Africa".
This is the second international prize that Professor van der Walt has received for his thesis. It was also awarded the 2008
international "Labor History" prize for the best dissertation in the
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