Review from ROAPE Volume 5 Number 12
Land/Labour Migration/Politics in Botswana/Lesotho/Swaziland

Land, Labour Migration and Politics in Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland by D Kowet
Vol.5 No.12 (Summer 1978), pp122-124
‘Akut’ group; BLS (Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland); maintenance of labour-reserve economy necessitates: (1) fragmentation of political power; (2) the obstruction of Pan-African politics. SA. In assessing this work, its context within the Department of Political Science of the University of Uppsala to which Kowet submitted this dissertation has to be considered. Within the department a struggle is taking place, as elsewhere and as always, as to the scientific status of critical enquiry. More specifically, a group of students under the general direction of Dr Lars Rudebeck has sought to contribute to the universal quest for a better theoretical and methodological understanding of the third world. This group, to which Kowet has not been formally linked, has been heavily attacked and the criticism has focused on the scientific validity of the work of a Marxist like Lars Rudebeck. While Rudebeck's work is certainly not above criticism much of the attack has been polemical and, as always, ignores the question of class struggle within the University milieu. More specifically, the whole debate about the scientific capability of Lars Rudebeck has ignored the question of whether such studies as are undertaken by the ‘Akut’ group to which he belongs are capable of undertaking and carrying out field studies and other forms of empirical research to which the general paradigm of critical and Marxist enquiry can be tested. The attempt to ‘defeat’ critical enquiry by ignoring what Englishmen would call the proof of the pudding is not confined to the Political Science Department of the University of Uppsala.