Popular Politics

About

The Popular Politics programme at SWOP considers the popular and the political broadly. Popular Politics covers work on protests, the movement landscape, the shaping of political alternatives, representative politics and democracy. The programme has covered three main projects over the last five years; Movement Landscapes – focusing on deepening this concept through the study of cycles of protest since 1994 – , Mapping the Fault-lines in the Rising South – that looks at popular politics in the BRICS countries – , and Contentious Democracy – looking at the relationship between protest, electoral politics and democracy. 

People

Lindiwe Malindi is a PhD student based in the Department of Sociology at Wits. She is interested in questions of subjectivity and relationality, futurity, labour/work, language and

Tasneem Essop is a researcher at SWOP, where she has been based since 2017. She works on the Popular Politics programme where she has conducted research on community protests as we

Langelihle Nyuswa is a Labour, economic and development sociology masters student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she currently resides. She was born

Projects

Read more about SWOP's research on popular politics in South Africa and comparatively in the BRICS countries.

Events

SWOP and the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand invite you to the launch of a new book by Roger Southall, Whites and Democracy in South Africa.

A public forum with a youth delegation from Rojava who will be sharing their experiences of the revolution, democratic confederalism, building a communal economy, and the youth mov

Popular Politics

The Popular Politics programme at SWOP has two main components – the first looks at popular politics in South Africa, and the South African movement landscape, while the second engages with popular politics in the BRICS nations.

People

Lindiwe Malindi is a PhD student based in the Department of Sociology at Wits. She is interested in questions of subjectivity and relationality, futurity, labour/work, language and

Tasneem Essop is a researcher at SWOP, where she has been based since 2017. She works on the Popular Politics programme where she has conducted research on community protests as we

Langelihle Nyuswa is a Labour, economic and development sociology masters student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she currently resides. She was born

Projects

Read more about SWOP's research on popular politics in South Africa and comparatively in the BRICS countries.

Publications