Indexing Transformation seminar: ‘Inequality, the Communist Party, and the Unresolved National Question’

Please join us for our forthcoming Indexing Transformation seminar.

Professor Peter Alexander (Dept. of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Social Change, University of Johannesburg):

Inequality, the Communist Party, and the Unresolved National Question​

Thursday, March 8, 2018

1pm – 2pm (Questions and answers until about 2.30pm)
R401, 4th Floor
Arts and Social Sciences Building

Abstract:

South Africa has the worst inequality in the world, and it’s higher than at the end of apartheid. We now have a President who is among the top-20 richest people in the country and closely associated with the Marikana Massacre. Why does a Communist Party, which identifies its itself with Marxism and the interests of the working class, participate in the South African government, as it has since 1994? Alexander’s answer takes us back to a pivotal moment in 1929, when the Communist Party adopted the so-called Native Republic Thesis.