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Peter Alexander’s Class in Soweto Examines Class Identities in SA’s Most Famous Township

Class in SowetoUKZN Press is pleased to announce the release of Class in Soweto

The book presents findings and analysis from six years of research on class structure and class identity in Soweto, South Africa’s most populous and politically-important township.

This is placed within the context of heightened socio-economic inequalities in nearly all countries around the world; renewed academic interest in class alongside a paucity of literature on the character of class in the global south; and the specific value of a study on South Africa, with its extremes of unemployment, strike action and ongoing insurrectionary unrest among the urban poor. The book draws on a large, wide-ranging representative survey and extensive qualitative fieldwork. It makes an original contribution to the sociology of class and to the politics of contemporary South Africa.

Class in Soweto is a pioneering research project which has already resulted in important journal articles and an outstanding documentary film. The team has now gathered their research together into a wonderful book that will transform how we understand social change in contemporary South Africa. Drawing on solid qualitative and quantitative research, the authors challenge prevailing conceptions of stratification. It is especially innovative and important in its analysis of perceptions and languages of class. There is no other book like it on any South African urban area.” — Jeremy Seekings

“[This] volume adds to our knowledge of le quotidien, daily life, for the majority of South Africans – another very useful brick in the wall.” — Bill Freund

About the author

Peter Alexander is professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg and holds the South African Research Chair in Social Change. He has published four books and has an international reputation for his work on labour history and social identity. Claire Ceruti, Mosa Phadi and Kim Wale are working on their doctorates and are researchers affiliated with Research Chair in Social Change.

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