Belinda Bozzoli

Belinda Bozolli is a professor of sociology and deputy vice-chancellor for research at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She was born in South Africa and educated in Johannesburg and the UK. She was the founding director of the South African History Workshop and has played a leading role in developing critical scholarship in South Africa. She is the author of The Political Nature of a Ruling Class and Women of Phokeng.

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title

A compelling study of the origins and trajectory of one of the legendary black uprisings against apartheid, Theatres of Struggle and the End of Apartheid draws on insights gained from the literature on collective action and social movements. It delves into the Alexandra Rebellion of 1986 to reveal its inner workings.

"I can only admire the texture and empirical depth of Bozzoli’s account. It pulls the reader into a story that unfolds chapter by chapter; it creates a kind of awful fascination with how hope and liberation were folded in with cruelty and blindness in South Africa. This book has the potential to create productive controversy.”

Jo Beall, Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics