Philip Bonner, Jonathan Hyslop and Lucien van der Walt, 2007, “Rethinking Worlds of Labour: southern African labour history in international context”, African Studies, volume 66, number 2/3, special issue ‘Transnational and Comparative Perspectives on Southern African Labour History’, pp. 137-180.
Introduction to a special issue of African Studies, arising from a labour history conference in Johannesburg that brought together scholars from Brazil, Botswana, Britain, India, South Africa and elsewhere. Argues for rethinking labour history in a more global framework, by developing comparisons and examining cross-border connections. This suggests relocating South African labour movements in larger processes, both in southern Africa, and internationally; the notion of a discretely “South African” working class history is untenable and misleading, and obscures, for example, the transnational circulation of radical ideas like anarcho-syndicalism and Marxism-Leninism.
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