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(en) Southern Africa, Counter-power, by Michael Schmidt & Lucien van der Walt - A new book by the ZACF anarchist activists

Date Tue, 15 May 2007 15:56:16 +0300


A radical new work on anarchist & syndicalist theory & history
Counter-Power Volume 1 (Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism) will be published in the USA in August, followed six months later by Counter-Power Volume 2 (Global Fire: 150 Fighting Years of Anarchism and Syndicalism). --- From Amazon.com: --- Black Flame is the first of two volumes that reexamine anarchism's democratic class politics, its vision of a decentralized planned economy, and its impact on popular struggles in five continents over the last 150 years. From the nineteenth century to today's anticapitalist movements, it traces anarchism's lineage and contemporary relevance. It outlines anarchism's insights into questions of race, gender, class, and imperialism, significantly reframing the work of previous historians on the subject, and critiquing Marxist approaches to those same questions.

About the Authors:

Lucien van der Walt teaches development, economic sociology, and labor studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Besides the history of anarchism and syndicalism, he researches contemporary labor struggles and neoliberal restructuring in the region. He's published in a wide range of local and international journals, including Capital and Class and the South African Journal of Political Studies.

Michael Schmidt is a senior investigative journalist for the Independent Newspapers Group, based in Johannesburg. He specialises in writing on defence, intelligence, Africa, labour, social movements and extraparliamentary politics. He has a wide range of experience covering conflict zones including Chiapas, Guatemala, Lesotho, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and Darfur in print and for radio.

Publisher: AK Press
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