MODULE 7: Capital, labour and socio-political relations in conditions of crisis

READINGS:

  1. Eugene Cairncross (2011), ‘Post-Apartheid South African Economy: The Triumph of Capital?’ in South Africa Today: How do we characterise the social formation? Papers from the 2011 ILRIG April Conference (Cape Town: ILRIG)
  2. Gentle, L. (2010), ‘South Africa and the New World Order’, South African Civil Society Information Service (February)
  3. Dale T. McKinley (2008), ‘Xenophobia and Nationalism: Exposing the South African State for what it is’, Khanya, No. 19 (Special Edition, July)
  4. Angela Conway (2011), ‘The Changing Face of Rural Workers’ in South Africa Today: How do we characterise the social formation? Papers from the 2011 ILRIG April Conference (Cape Town: ILRIG)
  5. Dale T. McKinley (2010), ‘South Africa’s social conservatism: a real and present danger’, South African Civil Society Information Service (March)

KEY QUESTIONS:

  1. In what specific ways can we say that the current economic system in South Africa is ‘post-apartheid’, or not?
  2. What does ‘financialisation’ of an economy mean and how has this benefited South Africa’s capitalists?
  3. Why do you think xenophobia has continued to be a major problem in South Africa?
  4. How has the increased commodification of land in South Africa impacted on social and economic conditions of rural workers/families
  5. Do you agree that a majority of South Africans are opposed to most of the socially progressive clauses in the constitution’s Bill of Rights (for example, the right to equality based on sexual orientation)? Explain your answer.