Thursday, 4 April 2013

Conjunctural remarks on the political significance of ‘the local’

Richard Pithouse, Department of Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, PO Box 94, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa. 


Popular protest is occurring on a remarkable scale in South Africa. Nonetheless, there is a significant degree to which it tends to be organized and articulated through the local. This contribution argues that while the political limitations of purely local modes of organization are clear, it should not be assumed that local struggles are some sort of misguided distraction from building a broader progressive movement. It is suggested that, on the contrary, the best prospects for the emergence of a broader popular struggle lie in building, sustaining and linking local struggles.

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