Ashwin Desai

Ashwin Desai is Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. His previous books include South Africa: Still Revolting, ‘We are the Poors’: Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Reading Revolution: Shakespeare on Robben Island, Zuma’s Own Goal: Losing South Africa’s ‘War on Poverty’ (edited with Patrick Bond and Brij Maharaj), and Race to Transform: Sport in Post-Apartheid South Africa (editor).

He has co-authored The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire with Goolam Vahed.

Since then he has also authored Reverse Sweep: The Story of Cricket in Post-apartheid South Africa, A Political Biography of Indian South Africans: 1994 to the Present (with Goolam Vahed), Wentworth: The Beautiful Game and the Making of Place, and Line Breakers: The Rugby Playing Sons of Makana and Stuurman (with Ashwell Adriaan).