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Werbner, Pnina

Grant Type
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
Keele, U. of
Completed Grant
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Werbner, Pnina, Keele U., Staffordshire, UK - To aid engaged activities on ' Public Sector Struggles in Botswana: Inequality, Legal Mobilisation and Lessons from the Strike,' 2015, Botswana

DR. PNINA WERBNER, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, received funding in September 2014 to aid engaged activties on 'Public Sector Struggles in Botswana: Inequality, Legal Mobilization and Lessons from the Strike.' The project was intended to share the significance of research findings with trade unionists, academics at the University of Botswana, and other policy makers, by convening workshops on key themes: 1) Inequality and the struggle for a living wage; 2) Legal mobilization; and 3) the 2011 public sector strike and its aftermath. The workshops also aimed to provide a platform for broader issues in the grantee's recent book, The Making of an African Working Class: Politics, Law, and Public Protest (Pluto Press, 2014), and to make the book available. To fulfil these aims, a major debate on 'Inequality in Botswana,' followed by a book launch, was held at the University of Botswana, convened jointly with the Manual Workers' Union and the University, with 200 unionists, academics, retired judges and members of parliament participating. The event received wide coverage in the local press. An additional workshop on legal mobilization and the aftermath of the strike was held at the Union headquarters, chaired by the National Chairman, with the participation of all 30 representatives of the Gaborone region. The grantee was also invited to conduct a teaching seminar on the strike and its aftermath to advanced students in the UB Department of Sociology.