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Rick Turner, Participatory Democracy and Workers’ Control

Rick Turner, Participatory Democracy and Workers’ Control

This article considers the contribution of radical South African philosopher Rick Turner to theories of ‘workers’ control’. Turner’s philosophical work, especially his book, The Eye of the Needle (1972), posited the workplace as a fundamental site of ‘participatory democracy’ and a space for the potential radical transformation of South African society. The confluence of Turner’s ideas about workers’ control, the students’ activism, and the collective action of the black working class gave South Africa’s labour movement a radically democratic, shop-floor orientation that deserves a revival in the new South Africa.

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red jack
Feb 6 2020 16:16

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  • Despite the fact that Rick Turner spent a scant seven years as a visible figure on the South African political and intellectual scene his influence on South African radical thought proved enormous.

    Alex Lichtenstein