Classes, Hinges and Socialist Emancipation: South Africa and Beyond
Our approach led us to emphasise a third of Wright’s anchors, ‘subjective location’. Early insights benefitted from empirical research in Soweto, which he encouraged. This paper has been enriched by recent work on South Africa’s ‘rebellion of the poor’, greater historical depth, and engagement with recent literature on uprisings around the world. We argue, first, that aspects of our account have relevance elsewhere, notably where a large part of the population is unemployed or underemployed. Secondly, in South Africa, as elsewhere, after a period when the hinge was closing there has been a reversal of late. Dynamics vary, but especially in South Africa, the importance of subjectivity, especially political and organisational issues, comes clearly into view.