Richard Pithouse

Mike Davis's 'Planet of Slums'

Rio slums

A critical review of Mike Davis' influential book on the huge growth in squatter settlements around the world.

A Short History of Shacks & Shack Dweller's Struggles in Durban

A short overview of the history of shacks and shack dwellers struggles in Durban with a focus on enclosure, insurgent commoning, and the politics of space.

Mass rebellion in South Africa

Protest in South Africa

In South Africa the state is being confronted by an eruption of self-organised popular protest on a scale not seen since the 1980s.

On the Pogroms in South Africa

An essay on the May 2008 pogroms in South Africa. First published in Sanhati.

Struggle is a school: the rise of a shack dwellers movement in Durban, South Africa

This article by Richard Pithouse, first published in Monthly Review, charts the rise of the militant South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo which first emerged in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength since then despite severe state repression.