The launch will take the form of a presentation on key themes of the book by the author
Richard Pithouse, an activist intellectual who has been an important contributor to the South African public sphere for twenty years, offers a penetrating and beautifully written exploration of the escalating crisis in South Africa in the Zuma era. Writing the Decline, often written with a view from the underside of society but also always acutely aware of global developments, brings activist and academic knowledge together to provide a searing account of our condition. It takes on xenophobia, racism, homophobia, inequality and political repression.
In a moment when old certainties are breaking down, and new ideas and social forces are taking the stage, this book offers a compelling invitation to take democracy seriously.
About the Author
Richard Pithouse teaches politics at Rhodes University, where he lectures on contemporary political theory and urban studies. He writes regularly for journals and newspapers, both print and online, and his commentary is widely read.
“Richard Pithouse is one of the most elegant writers I know – and also lucid, rational and egalitarian in the best possible way.”
– Niren Tolsi
“This is writing that dresses the oppressed in human clothing.”
– S’bu Zikode, founding president of Abahlali baseMjondolo
“This collection by Richard Pithouse shows a deep commitment to connecting the struggles of vulnerable people across the globe, doing so with an enviable appreciation of history and structural analysis, and refusing to fall into the South African temptation of parochial analysis.”
– Eusebius McKaiser, political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and writer
“The elegance of Richard’s writing is unparalleled, and the power of his arguments striking. This book reveals, in the starkest terms, what is at stake in the discourse and practice of emancipation in contemporary SA.”
– Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony
“Richard Pithouse is one of our finest essayists. He is the proverbial canary in the coalmine.”
– Sisonke Msimang, writer and activist
“Richard Pithouse’s chronicle of the past seven years of struggles from South Africa’s underside … is written with such clarity, succinctness, and unusual beauty that it stands as a powerful testament of what it means to love a country, its people and their aspirations.”
– Lewis Gordon, author of What Fanon Said