Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014, 19:00 - 21:00 iCal

Historicity of land ownership

The continuities and discontinuities of a South African black middle class" von Nkululeko Mabandla

Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Seminarraum 1, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Wien


The South African countryside provides a compelling case of Capitalism's uneven development. It also captures the country's history of racial inequalities in very stark and contrasting ways. In his research Mabandla engages with the history of South Africa’s black middle class through a case study in the former Transkei Bantustan and focuses specifically on the transformation of historical patterns of land ownership and land access as well as on land use changes. The historical analysis showed the continuities of a class whose origins stretch back to the nineteenth century. In his talk he challenges existing approaches to class analyses which limit themselves to income/occupation and ignore the central role of ownership (of land) in class formation.

Back to South Africa after political exile Nkululeko Mabandla founded in the 1990s the People's Learning Theatre Organization and worked as a consultant in the areas of management of change and organisational development. In 2010, he went back to further his education which had been cut short by his anti-apartheid activism and graduated at UCT's Sociology department in 2012. He is currently working at the Centre for African Studies (UCT) working on pre-colonial Southern Africa historiography, farmworkers and dwellers and the transformation of rural towns in South Africa.

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