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Society, Work and Development Institute

The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is one of the University of the Witwatersrand’s most enduring research organisations. The central problem investigated through the current SWOP research programmes is the precarious nature of social order.

In the second decade after the democratic elections of 1994, it is clear that slow-burning contestations over the dissolution of the old order and the shape of the emerging order are wide-ranging, with implications for development, democracy, law, gender relations and society as a whole.

SWOP researchers, associates, PhD fellows and MA interns are exploring these problems through research into work and worklessness, society and nature, households, social reproduction, gender orders and welfare regimes, civil society, class formation, citizenship, movements and violence. A major emerging research area is on mining, society and environment. Read more…

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Lunch-time seminars in June

06 June: Stanley Malindi

Continuity or rupture? The shaping of the rural political order through contestation of land, community, and mining in the Bapo- ba-Mogale Traditional Authority area 

27 June: Alberto Arribas

From researching others to ‘thinking together’: collaborative research with social movement networks 

Time: 13:00hrs-14:30hrs 
Venue: Central Block, Room 8 (Ground Floor)

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Virtual Special Issue: Nelson Mandela and the political economy of unfinished liberation
Review of African Political Economy 

Year: 2014
Featured Articles:
Karl Von Holdt
South Africa: the transition to violent democracy
Gavin Capps
Victim of its own success? The platinum mining industry and the apartheid mineral property system in South Africa's political transition

View all Featured Articles in this Virtual Special Issue (including a further one on Platinum by Gavin Capps) 

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Download recent SWOP Working Papers

David Dickinson
SWOP SAPO Proof 5.pdf

Sonwabile Mnwana and Gavin Capps
SWOP Mnwana WP PROOF 3.pdf

Jesse Wilderman
SWOP FarmWorkers Jesse Wilderman.pdf



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