Protest in South Africa: Rejection, reassertion, reclamation

28 February 2023


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), in partnership with the Wits School of Governance (WSG) invites you to the launch of MISTRA’s latest edited research volume, Protest in South Africa: Rejection, reassertion, reclamation.

Edited by Heidi Brooks, Rekgotsofetse Chikane and Shauna Mottiar, the volume explores South Africa’s post-1994 protest landscape with a view to understanding the dynamics, underpinnings and implications of contemporary protest. Exploring the multifaceted and interconnected drivers of protest, the volume illuminates both short term causes and institutional and structural drivers, while highlighting some of the strategic challenges that emerge from popular unrest.

Contributors to the volume provide an overview of the complex trends and dynamics of protest action, the diversity of protest spaces and actors, and responses to protest action by both citizens and state. The book makes a case for understanding protest as a manifestation of popular experiences of the post-1994 project. In so doing, it seeks to highlight the prospects for addressing the root causes of popular unrest.

In the diversity of spaces, sectors and communities of interests in which collective action has emerged, Protest in South Africa: Rejection, reassertion, reclamation shows how protest is underpinned by a rejection of the status quo, a reassertion of interests, and a reclaiming of the political and democratic space.

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