Recent books by UJ Sociologists
Dr Trevor Ngwane
T. Ngwane (2021) Amakomiti: Grassroots Democracy in South African Shack Settlements. London: Pluto Press and Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
This book provides ethnographic evidence about the operation of people’s committees in the informal settlements of South Africa. The committees – amakomiti in the Zulu language – typically attend to the collective affairs of residents such as organizing the occupation of land, cutting up of stands, provision of water, dispute resolution, etc. The author argues that they are a form of grassroots democracy that is crucial in the struggle for working-class control of society.
Dr Trevor Ngwane and Prof MalehokoTshoaedi
T. Ngwane and M. Tshoaedi eds (2021) The Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Sociological Critique. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
This book is a collection of papers presented at a plenary session of the 25th Congress of the South African Sociological Association held in 2019. The conference theme was ‘Work, Life and Society: Meanings, Manifestations and Trajectories of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa’. The contributors interrogate the theoretical and ideological foundations of this so-called revolution including what they deem to be the technological determinism that informs its conceptualization. They are also concerned about ‘the digital divide’ whereby some countries and some classes have less access to the new technologies relative to others.