LABOUR DISRUPTED, reflections on the future of work in South Africa

: Tshoaedi (M.), Bischoff (C.) & Bezuidenhout (A.) eds.

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343pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2023


Contributions include:

"Introduction: Disruptions and New Directions in South African Labour Studies" by Andries Bezuidenhout, Malehoko Tshoaedi and Christine Bischoff

"Fragmented Labour Movement, Fragmented Labour Studies: New Directions for Research and Theory" by Lucien van der Walt

"Patriarchal Collusions and Women’s Marginalisation in Mining Unions" by Asanda-Jonas Benya

"Youth, Trade Unions and the Challenges of Employment" and "The Labour Movement’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic" by Christine Bischoff

"Trade Unions, Technology and Skills" by Siphelo Ngcwangu

"Trade Union Responses to Production Technologies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution" by Mondli Hlatshwayo


"Hegemony, Counter-Hegemony and the Role of Social Movements" by Janet Cherry

"Competing Interests: Investment Companies and the Future of Labour" by Sandla Nomvete

"Going Global, Building Local: A Southern Perspective on the Future of Labour Internationalism" by Edward Webster.

"Showcasing a new generation of labour researchers and scholars, this important volume presents a fresh and clear-eyed assessment of a once-venerable labour movement struggling to cope with altered conditions. By pursuing a decolonial approach to labour studies, these essays focus attention on vital silences and gaps, approach unresolved debates from revealing new angles, and highlight possibilities for renewal based on wide-angled solidarities. It’s an achievement that sets a new bar for labour scholarship in South Africa." Hein Marais, author of In the Balance: The Case for a Universal Basic Income in South Africa and Beyond, and South Africa Pushed to the Limit: The Political Economy of Change

Andries Bezuidenhout is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Fort Hare.

Malehoko Tshoaedi is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg.

Christine Bischoff is a sociologist at the University of the Witwatersrand.