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Social reproduction of ‘classes of labour’ in the rural areas of South Africa: contradictions and contestations
(Taylor & Francis, 2018)
Marxist agrarian political economy has focused largely on the problematic of accumulation and its politics, but the dynamics of social reproduction in rural contexts remain somewhat undertheorised. These are explored through ...
Will formalising property rights reduce poverty in South Africa’s ‘second economy’?
(Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2005)
De Soto’s influential book The mystery of capital offers a simple yet beguiling message: capitalism can be made to work for the poor, through formalising their property rights in houses, land and small businesses. This ...
Imithetho yomhlaba yaseMsinga: The living law of land in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal
(Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2011)
This report describes the ‘living law’ of land in one part of Msinga, a deep rural area of KwaZulu-Natal. It presents research findings from the Mchunu and Mthembu tribal areas, where a three-year action-research ...