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CHOICE Selects Class in Soweto as an Outstanding Academic Title

Class in SowetoUKZN Press is proud to announce that CHOICE (the review journal for academic libraries) has selected Class in Soweto, by Peter Alexander, Claire Ceruti, Keke Motseke, Mosa Phadi and Kim Wale, as one of their Outstanding Academic Titles.

This is from a pool of over 7 000 titles reviewed by CHOICE in the past year. (They select less than 10% to be OATS.) So, indeed, a high honour.

Class in Soweto 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 socioeconomic inequalities in nearly all countries around the world.

The authors looked at a number of areas. How do Sowetans understand class and how do they locate themselves and each other within the broad divisions of class outline? What are the markers and indicators that influence their perceptions of class and does the terminology of class affect these perceptions through dilution into indigenous languages. Setting out class structure and class identity, 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.

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.

Ceruti, Phadi and Wale are working on their doctorates and are researchers affiliated with Research Chair in Social Change.


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