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Title:The politics of regenerative nationalism in South Africa
Author:Beresford, Alexander
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 0305-7070)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:trade unions
African National Congress (South Africa)
political conflicts
Abstract:In recent years the ANC government has encountered increasing unrest in the form of a wave of community protests and industrial action. Some analysts argue that this reflects widespread antipathy towards the ANC's 'exhausted nationalism' and the beginnings of a postnationalist political era where class politics takes centre stage. This article examines the position of South Africa's powerful organized working class within this context, with reference to the attitudes of ordinary members of the National Union of Mineworkers. Rather than seeing ANC nationalism as a spent force, the article highlights the more enduring nature of the ANC's nationalist appeal, which, while not making the party infallible, nonetheless restricts the potential for a new left-wing politics to emerge that can challenge ANC hegemony. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]