THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE, towards participatory democracy in South Africa

: Turner (R.)

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247pp., hardback, d.w., Chicago etc., (1972) 2015


Richard Turner was a central figure in the white South African student movement and key in its radicalization. Turner acquired his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he was inspired by the events of 1968, and returned to South Africa increasingly influenced by Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness movement. His work was forceful and revolutionary, causing him to be banned, confined to his home, and eventually assassinated by state security forces in 1978. This new edition has a foreword by Rosalind Morris and an essay by Tony Morphet: "Intellectual Reach" and his essay published in 1990 "Brushing History against the Grain"