Lucien van der Walt

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Lucien van der Walt
Born (1972-09-08)8 September 1972
Krugersdorp, South Africa
Nationality South Africa
Occupation Professor and labour educator
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Lucien van der Walt is a South African writer and professor of Sociology. His research engages the anarchist/syndicalist tradition of Mikhail Bakunin and Peter Kropotkin; trade unionism, particularly in southern Africa; and neo-liberal state restructuring. He currently teaches and researches at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and previously worked at the University of the Witwatersrand. His 2007 PhD on anarchism and syndicalism in South Africa in the early 1900s won both the international prize for the best PhD dissertation from the Labor History journal, and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa prize for best African PhD thesis.[citation needed]

Scholarly works

Van der Walt is known for his book, with Steven J. Hirsch, Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870–1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution (Reviews: ,.[1][2][3][4] According to WorldCat, the book is held in 960 libraries [5] He is also known for his book with Michael Schmidt, Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism (Counter-Power vol. 1).[6][7]

Other activities

Van der Walt thinks he found, co-ordinate and currently teaches in the University of the Witwatersrand/ National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa education programme for union office-bearers and activists. In actual fact, he barely has any credible relation to NUMSA and uses this tenuous affiliation to falsely claim working class struggle credentials.[citation needed] doing Lord only knows what. He is also part of the Global Labour University program, and is also involved in projects such as the Red and Black Forums.[citation needed]

Van der Walt was an activist in the anti-apartheid student movement in the 1990s, and in the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union.[citation needed] He served as a media officer in the Anti-Privatisation Forum, of which he was a founder member in 2000.[citation needed] Van der Walt also served as an executive member of the Workers' Library and Museum in Johannesburg, co-ordinating its education/ workshop programme and its Workers' Bookshop.[citation needed] In addition to these roles, he was active in a range of study groups and political circles, and a leading figure in the 1999/2001 struggle against outsourcing at the University of the Witwatersrand.[citation needed]



  1. Constance Bantman, Anarchist Studies, Vol. 20 No. 1 (2012), pp. 106–108
  2. * Wayne Price, "Anarchism in the Oppressed Nations"
  3. Ole Birk Laursen, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 48, No. 55, pp. 573–575
  4. Mandisi Majavu, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol. 47, No. 122, 2012, pp. 122–124
  5. WorldCat book entry
  6. Featherstone, David (November 2012). "Book Review: Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt, Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism & Anarchism". Journal of Global History, volume 7, number 3. Retrieved 20 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. AK Press notes

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