[BOOK] “Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives” (Kirk Helliker & Lucien van der Walt, eds., 2018)

Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Kirk Helliker and Lucien van der Walt (eds.), 2018, Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives, London, New York: Routledge, 172pp.

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For decades, most anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements identified radical transformation with capturing state power. The collapse of these statist projects from the 1970s led to a global crisis of left and working class politics. But crisis has also opened space for rediscovering alternative society-centred, anti-capitalist modes of bottom-up change, operating at a distance from the state. These have registered important successes in practice, such as the Zapatistas in Mexico, and Rojava in Syria. They have been a key influence on movements from Occupy in the United States, to the landless in Latin America, to anti-austerity struggles in Europe and Asia, to urban movements in Africa. Their lineages include anarchism, syndicalism, autonomist Marxism, philosophers like Alain Badiou, and radical popular praxis. This path-breaking volume recovers this understanding of social transformation, long side-lined but now resurgent, like a seed in the soil that keeps breaking through and growing. It provides case studies with reference to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and includes a dossier of key texts from a century of anarchists, syndicalists, insurgent unionists and anti-apartheid activists in South Africa. Originating in an African summit of radical academics, struggle veterans and social movements, the book includes a preface from John Holloway.

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Preface: at a distance from the state (John Holloway)

1. Politics at a distance from the state: radical, South African and Zimbabwean praxis today (Kirk Helliker and Lucien van der Walt)

2. Constructing the domain of freedom: thinking politics at a distance from the state (Michael Neocosmos)

3. Back to the future: revival, relevance and route of an anarchist/syndicalist approach for twenty-first-century left, labour and national liberation movements (Lucien van der Walt)

4. Prefiguring democratic revolution? ‘Workers’ control’ and ‘workerist’ traditions of radical South African labour, 1970–1985 (Sian Byrne and Nicole Ulrich)

5. Broadening conceptions of democracy and citizenship: the subaltern histories of rural resistance in Mpondoland and Marikana (Camalita Naicker and Sarah Bruchhausen)

6. A feminist perspective on autonomism and commoning, with reference to Zimbabwe (Tarryn Alexander and Kirk Helliker)

7. From Below: An overview of South African politics at a distance from the state, 1917-2015, with dossier of texts (ompiled and edited, with introduction, by Lucien van der Walt)

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[CHAPTER] van der Walt, 2018, “Préface” (to Guillaume Rey, ‘Afriques Anarchistes: Introduction à l’Histoire des Anarchismes Africains’)

Lucien van der Walt, 2018, “Préface,” to Guillaume Rey, Afriques Anarchistes: Introduction à l’Histoire des Anarchismes Africains, Paris, L’Hartamann, pp. 9-26.

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[BOOK] “Negro E Vermelho: Anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas Décadas de 1880 a 1920” (Lucien van der Walt, 2014)

https://ithanarquista.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/negroevermelho.jpgLucien van der Walt, 2014, Negro E Vermelho: Anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880 a 1920, São Paulo: Editora Faísca.

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O presente livro examina a história inicial do anarquismo e do sindicalismo revolucionário na África do Sul, uma sociedade colonial que se industrializou no final do século XIX, e nos arredores da região sul-africana. África do Sul era caracterizada, nessa época, por um movimento sindical militante, mas que era dividido nacional e racialmente, epela opressão nacional das pessoas de cor, que constituíam a maioria da população. Em oposição à opressão nacional e à segregação, mas também assumindo uma posição crítica ao nacionalismo africano e de cor, os anarquistas e os sindicalistas revolucionário desenvolveram uma análise da opressão nacional cada
vez mais sofisticada, recrutaram e treinaram um quadro multirracial,
formaram sindicatos gerais pioneiros e revolucionários entre as pessoas de cor e continuaram a influenciar o movimento regional de trabalhadores, brancos e negros, e a esquerda, em geral, após a formação do Partido Comunista da África do Sul (South Mrican Communist Party – CPSA) em 1921.

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Nota Do Autor

Agradecimentos e histórico de publicação

1. Introdução

2. A industrialização da África do Sul

3. Emergência do anarquismo e do sindicalismo revolucionário a partir da década de 1880

4. Anarquistas da cidade do Cabo a partir de 1904

5. Atravessando a linha de cor

6. O IWW e o sindicalismo no Witwatersrand a partir de 1908

7. Os novos radicais a partir de 1913

8. Em vermelho e negro

9. Nacionalistas e revolucionários negros no movimento da greve geral de 1918

10. De volta no Cabo, de volta nas favelas

11. Ecos e legados na África do Sul

12. A partir de 1921

13. Conclusão

Notas

Bibliografia

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[BOOK] “Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870–1940” (Steven J. Hirsch & Lucien van der Walt, eds., 2010/ 2014)

Steven J. Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt (eds.), 2014, (foreword by Benedict Anderson), Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870–1940: The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social Revolution, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Studies in Global Social History, paperback edition with new preface, corrections, i–lxxvi,510pp.

Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt (eds.), 2010, (foreword by Benedict Anderson), Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870–1940: The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social Revolution, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers,Studies in Global Social History, lxxiv+434pp.

 

 

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Narratives of anarchist and syndicalist history during the era of the first globalization and imperialism (1870-1930) have overwhelmingly been constructed around a Western European tradition centered on discrete national cases. This parochial perspective typically ignores transnational connections and the contemporaneous existence of large and influential libertarian movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Yet anarchism and syndicalism, from their very inception at the First International, were conceived and developed as international movements. By focusing on the neglected cases of the colonial and postcolonial world, this volume underscores the worldwide dimension of these movements and their centrality in anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggles. Drawing on in-depth historical analyses of the ideology, structure, and praxis of anarchism/syndicalism, it also provides fresh perspectives and lessons for those interested in understanding their resurgence today.

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Foreword (Benedict Anderson)

1. Rethinking Anarchism and Syndicalism: The colonial and postcolonial experience, 1870–1940 (Lucien van der Walt and Steven J. Hirsch)

2. Preface to the Paperback Edition (Lucien van der Walt and Steven J. Hirsch – in 2014 edition only)

3. “Diverse In Race, Religion and Nationality … But United in Aspirations of Civil Progress”: The anarchist movement in Egypt 1860–1940 (Anthony Gorman)

4. Revolutionary Syndicalism, Communism and the National Question in South African Socialism, 1886–1928 (Lucien van der Walt)

5. Korean Anarchism Before 1945: A regional and transnational approach (Dongyoun Hwang)

6. Anarchism and the Question of Place: Thoughts from the Chinese experience (Arif Dirlik)

7. The Makhnovist Movement and the National Question in the Ukraine, 1917–1921 (Aleksandr Shubin)

8. Syndicalism, Industrial Unionism, and Nationalism in Ireland (Emmet O’Connor)

9. Peruvian Anarcho-Syndicalism: Adapting transnational influences and forging counterhegemonic practices, 1905–1930 (Steven J. Hirsch)

10. Tropical Libertarians: Anarchist movements and networks in the Caribbean, southern United States, and Mexico, 1890s–1920s (Kirk Shaffer)

11. Straddling the Nation and the Working World: Anarchism and syndicalism on the Docks and Rivers of Argentina, 1900–1930 (Geoffroy de Laforcade)

12. Constructing Syndicalism and Anarchism Globally: The transnational making of the syndicalist movement in São Paulo, Brazil, 1895–1935 (Edilene Toledo and Luigi Biondi)

13. Final Reflections: The vicissitudes of anarchist and syndicalist trajectories, 1940 to the present (Steven J. Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt)

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