oa Alternation - Globalisation and modern South African black political thought: John Langalibalele Dube and Anton Muziwakhe Lembede

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The advent of globalisation in South Africa has been a focal point around which modern black political thought has revolved. The founding moment of this capitalist integration in context of South Africa has been the discovery of minerals first in Kimberley and later in the Witwatersrand towards the end of nineteenth century. The impact of the novel experiences of industrialization and urbanisation, ushered into the social and political milieu of the black South Africans has been phenomenal. They engendered a global consciousness and an awareness by the indigenous people of their subordinate and marginal role within the global system. It is this deeply felt sense of marginality which different black political thinkers have grappled with since the beginning of twentieth century. The main contours of this political response have moved from wholesale acceptance of universalist promise of global capitalism without questioning its ethnocentrism towards nativist affirmation of African particularity and disavowal of Eurocentric capitalist universalism. What this essay would want to argue is that each of these two positions had its own merits and demerits.

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