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South African Remains

E. P. Thompson, Biko, and the Limits of The Making of the English Working Class

Isabel Hofmeyr

E. P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class exercised a substantial influence on the South African academy and acted as a key shaper of a “history from below” movement in the 1980s. While Thompson's influence in South Africa has been celebrated, the limits of his circulation are less frequently explored. This article takes on this task by placing The Making alongside Steve Biko's I Write What I Like. Biko was a major figure in the emergence of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). The article compares the interlinked formations of which the two texts formed a part—the BCM displaced white radical intellectuals, who retreated into class analysis as an analytical alternative to race. The article also examines specific copies of the two titles found in South African libraries and uses the different patterns of marginalia as a way of tracing the individual impacts of the two texts.

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Whites Cannot Be Black

A Bikoist Challenge to Professor Xolela Mangcu

Keolebogile Mbebe

argument that whites can be black. What is unique about Mangcu’s claim is that he uses the philosophy of Steve Biko to bolster his case that a black person can transcend race. While Biko’s position on the role of white people in the struggle and their

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Sipping Whiskey in Memphis

A Conversation Between Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken on Racism and Existentialism

Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken

Consciousness movement in South Africa, under the leadership of Steve Biko, a thinker whose framework is so clearly influenced by existentialism. Part of my investigation is about how my family ended up in South Africa. Jews in South Africa were part of a very

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Mabogo Percy More

have argued elsewhere. 38 In South Africa, many found his rejection of dehumanizing institutions and social practices valuable in their own work and political activities. The political work of Steve Biko and his comrades, Richard Turner and Chabani N

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Raphael de Kadt

infamously said that the death in custody of the Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko left him ‘cold’, saw Turner ‘the most dangerous man in South Africa’. These very words were said to the then German Ambassador, who pleaded with Mr. Kruger to permit

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T Storm Heter

in shaping the anti-Apartheid, anti-colonial, and anti-oppression thinking of Black South Africans in the 60s and 70s,” he also offers an existential reading of South African thinkers Steve Biko and Noel Chabani Manganyi. Like More, Leshaba Lechaba

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Imagining Utopia in an Unfree World

Rick Turner on Morality, Inequality and Existentialism

Mary Ryan

served as a foundation for his friendship with the Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko. Although both were compelled by Sartre’s ideas, Biko found Sartre’s work on the concepts of freedom and responsibility especially stimulating ( More 2008: 48

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Class versus Nation

A History of Richard Turner’s Eclipse and Resurgence

Ian Macqueen

movements, gross social inequality and black alienation, that have most powerfully eroded the ‘rainbow nation’ ideal. It is in this sense of malaise that there is renewed interest in the ideas of Turner, as well as of Steve Biko ( Macqueen 2015

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Peter Hudson

wide array of community-based initiatives, into his frequent engagements with the Black Consciousness Movement and with Steve Biko himself. I was never privy to their late-night discussions, but I was there – and Steve Biko sometimes slept over (I was

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Leshaba Lechaba

-consciousness as force and reason of revolution,” in Biko lives! Contesting the legacies of Steve Biko , ed. by A Mngxitama, A Alexander and N Gibson (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 69-82, here 71. 22 Tendayi Sithole, Steve Biko: Decolonial meditations of