Excerpt: Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid by Steven Friedman
In Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid, Steven Friedman examines the life and work of the celebrated Harold Wolpe, “an activist who became a scholar”.
Wolpe, a lawyer, sociologist, political economist, anti-apartheid activist, and arguably one of the most influential critics in his intellectual sphere, proposed that South Africa’s economic ills contributed to its racialised inequality.
About the book:
Over four decades ago, radical scholars began to suggest a new way of looking at South African society, one that blamed the economic power of those who owned property for the racial bondage of the black majority. Their work, and the debates it triggered, are mostly forgotten: but they and their critics have much to say that sheds lights on today’s South African realities.
The excerpt below contains the first chapter of Race, Class and Power: “The man and the movement: Harold Wolpe and the fight against apartheid”. In it, Friedman outlines the origins of the Jewish left in South Africa, Wolpe’s transition “from Zionist to communist”, his involvement with Umkhonto we Sizwe, and his time in exile in Britain, from 1963.
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