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Amakomiti : Grassroots democracy in South African shack settlements

Title
Amakomiti : Grassroots democracy in South African shack settlements / Trevor Ngwane.
Author
Ngwane, Trevor,
Publication
London : Pluto Press, 2021.

Details

Description
xvii, 209 pages ; illustrations; 23 cm.
Series Statement
Wildcat : workers' movements and global capitalism
Uniform Title
Wildcat (Pluto Press)
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number
Sc D 21-621
ISBN
  • 9780745341996
  • 0745341993
Author
Ngwane, Trevor, author.
Title
Amakomiti : Grassroots democracy in South African shack settlements / Trevor Ngwane.
Publisher
London : Pluto Press, 2021.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Series
Wildcat : workers' movements and global capitalism
Wildcat (Pluto Press)
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
Can people who live in shantytowns, shacks and favelas teach us anything about democracy? About how to govern society in a way that is inclusive, participatory and addresses popular needs? This book argues that they can. In a study conducted in dozens of South Africa's shack settlements, where more than 9 million people live, Trevor Ngwane finds thriving shack dwellers' committees that govern local life, are responsive to popular needs and provide a voice for the community. These committees, called 'amakomiti' in the Zulu language, organize the provision of basic services such as water, sanitation, public works and crime prevention especially during settlement establishment. Amakomiti argues that, contrary to common perception, slum dwellers are in fact an essential part of the urban population, whose political agency must be recognized and respected. In a world searching for democratic alternatives that serve the many and not the few, it is to the shantytowns, rather than the seats of political power, that we should turn.
Local Subject
Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc D 21-621
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