The re-emergence of debates on the decolonisation of knowledge has revived interest in the National Question, which began over a century ago and remains unresolved. Tensions that were suppressed and hidden in the past are now being openly debated. Despite this, the goal of one united nation living prosperously under a constitutional democracy remains elusive. This edited volume examines the way in which various strands of left thought have addressed the National Question, especially during the apartheid years, and goes on to discuss its relevance for South Africa today and in the future. Instead of imposing a particular understanding of the National Question, the editors identified a number of political traditions and allowed contributors the freedom to define the question as they believed appropriate – in other words, to explain what they thought was the Unresolved National Question. This has resulted in a rich tapestry of interweaving perceptions. The volume is structured in two parts. The first examines four foundational traditions: Marxism-Leninism (the Colonialism of a Special Type thesis); the Congress tradition; the Trotskyist tradition; and Africanism. The second part explores the various shifts in the debate from the 1960s onwards, and includes chapters on Afrikaner nationalism, ethnic issues, black consciousness, feminism, workerism and constitutionalism. The editors hope that by revisiting the debates not popularly known among the scholarly mainstream, this volume will become a catalyst for an enriched debate on our identity and our future.
Acerca de Edward Webster
Edward Webster is research professor in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Acerca de Shireen Hassim
Shireen Hassim is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Acerca de Xolela Mangcu
Xolela Mangcu is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. He is non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
Acerca de Siphamandla Zondi
Prof. Zondi is a professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. He is also part of the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs in the Department, which analyses strategic dynamics in national, continental and international affairs including leadership, norms, values and agency. He is co-editor of the recently published Decolonising the University, its Knowledge and Disciplines (Carolina Press) and is working on a book on Africa's common positions in international negotiations. He is also on the National Planning Commission of South Africa, responsible for regional and international partnerships.
Acerca de Enver Motala
Enver Motala is a researcher at the Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Education and Development at the University of Fort Hare, Alice
Acerca de Salim Vally
Salim Vally is an associate professor in Education at the University of Johannesburg and director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation
Acerca de Martin Legassick
Martin Legassick (1940–2016) was Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape. A historian, activist and author, his publications include The Struggle for the Eastern Cape, 1800–1854: Subjugation and the roots of South African democracy (2011) and The Politics of a South African frontier: The Griqua, the Sotho-Tswana and the missionaries, 1780–1840 (2010).
Acerca de Daryl Glaser
Daryl Glaser is associate professor in the department of Political Studies at Wits University.