Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745336480 Published August 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336534 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Spirit of Marikana

The Rise of Insurgent Trade Unionism in South Africa

Luke Sinwell with Siphiwe Mbatha

The Spirit of Marikana

Luke Sinwell with Siphiwe Mbatha

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745336480 Published August 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336534 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
On August 16, 2012, thirty-four black South African mineworkers were shot by police working under the auspices of the African National Congress in what has become known as the Marikana massacre. An attempt to stop the rise of independent working-class power, the incident is now seen as a major turning point in the history of South Africa and its politics.

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.
Contents


Glossary of South African Organisations
List of Acronyms
List of Leaders
Timeline of Key Events
1. Introduction
2. The Spark Underground
3. The 2012 Lonmin Strike, the Marikana Massacre and Emergence of Left-Wing Forces
4. Amplats Carries the Torch
5. The Rise of AMCU and the Demise of Worker Committees
6. Insurgent Trade Unionism and the Great Strike of 2014
Appendices
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Journal of Economic Literature
"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."
Daily Maverick
"Provides an important view on the workers’ movements involved."
Trevor Ngwane, South African anti-apartheid activist
"This book highlights the crucial role of ordinary workers in changing history. It is a richly textured portrayal of the lives and activities of the grassroots worker leaders who organized the historic platinum strikes in South Africa. It is a path-breaking history of the labour movement and a scholarly tribute to the agency of the slain Marikana miners and their comrades."
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