We are a city-centred policy think tank researching cities and their development in Johannesburg.
Our work addresses the range of digital economic, socio-economic, and cultural economic policies and their local impact on the city. We focus on the key intersections of digital advancements across all sectors and social strata by evaluating associated shifts, inclusion gaps, and community programs needed to uphold human dignity.
With an unwavering spirit of inquiry, our research fearlessly ventures into unexplored frontiers, shedding light on the pervasive issue of Alienation in the transformative era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We unravel the intricate tapestry of current social structures and policies, unfurling a comprehensive understanding of their contributions to the disconnection woven into the fabric of the post-industrial economy.
The concept of alienation identifies a psychological, social, and economic disconnection that citizens feel from the city where they live. This phenomenon is often a direct consequence of the city’s political systems and policies.
Therefore, it is crucial for cities to be aware of how their policies and systems are impacting their citizens and to take steps to ensure that their citizens feel connected and engaged in the city.
What we do
We focus on generating new scientific information and methods to bear in addressing community-based problems in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.
Our research work draws inspiration from the broad Marxist-Leninist tradition, Evelin Gerda Lindner humiliation theory, Ngô Đình Nhu person dignity theory and Decolonial schools of thought in their analyses of the state, institutions, organizations, imperialism, neo-colonialism, internal colonialism, culture, and class contradictions in South Africa’s democratic society.
Our research has emphatically revealed Alienation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution context as an urgent problem that must be urgently addressed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the city in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Post-pandemic recovery refers to the economic and social recovery that takes place after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
The research seeks to investigate and comprehend the interrelationships between Alienation (s) from a Marxist perspective and the four pillars of sustainability – Social, Technological, Cultural, and Economic-history in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city founded in 1886.
The Bahlali Online Community is excited to announce its new policy problem-solving monthly events! Through these monthly events, we will come together to discuss, develop and share solutions to the most critical policy issues facing our city and communities.
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