The title presents findings and analysis from six years of research on class structure and class identity in Soweto, South Africa's most populous and politically-important township. This is placed within the context of heightened socio-ecomic inequalities in nearly all countries around the world; renewed academic interest in class alongside a paucity of literature on the character of class in the global south; and the specific value of a study on South Africa, with its extremes of unemployment, strike action and ongoing insurrectionary unrest among the urban poor. The book draws on a large, wide-ranging representative survey and extensive qualitative fieldwork. It makes an original contribution to the sociology of class and to the politics of contemporary South Africa.
Peter Alexander is professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg and holds the South African Research Chair in Social Change. He has published four books and has an international reputation for his work on labour history and social identity. Claire Ceruti, Mosa Phadi and Kim Wale are working on their doctorates and are researchers affiliated with Research Chair in Social Change.
Claire Ceruti, Keke Motseke, Kim Wale, Mosa Phadi, Peter Alexander