Popular Politics and Resistance Movements in South Africa

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Author: William Beinart,Marcelle C. Dawson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1868149439

Category: History

Page: 380

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This volume explores some of the key features of popular politics and resistance before and after 1994. It looks at continuities and changes in the forms of struggle and ideologies involved, as well as the significance of post-apartheid grassroots politics. Is this a new form of politics or does it stand as a direct descendent of the insurrectionary impulses of the late apartheid era? Posing questions about continuity and change before and after 1994 raises key issues concerning the nature of power and poverty in the country. Contributors suggest that expressions of popular politics are deeply set within South African political culture and still have the capacity to influence political outcomes. The introduction by William Beinart links the papers together, places them in context of recent literature on popular politics and ?history from below? and summarises their main findings, supporting the argument that popular politics outside of the party system remain significant in South Africa and help influence national politics. The roots of this collection lie in post-graduate student research conducted at the University of Oxford in the early twenty-first century.

From Revolution to Rights in South Africa

Social Movements, NGOs & Popular Politics After Apartheid

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Author: Steven L. Robins

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1847012019

Category: History

Page: 208

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The author argues for the continued importance of NGOs, social movements and other 'civil society' actors in creating new forms of citizenship and democracy in South Africa.

South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics

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Author: M. Mbali

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137258543

Category: Social Science

Page: 295

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South Africa has the world's largest number of people living with HIV. This book offers a history of AIDS activism in South Africa from its origins in gay and anti-apartheid activism to the formation and consolidation of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), including its central role in the global HIV treatment access movement.

Social Movements in the Global South

Dispossession, Development and Resistance

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Author: S. Motta,A. Gunvald Nilsen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230302041

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

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Popular struggles in the global south suggest the need for the development of new and politically enabling categories of analysis, and new ways of understanding contemporary social movements. This book shows how social movements in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East politicize development in an age of neoliberal hegemony.

Southern Resistance in Critical Perspective

The Politics of Protest in South Africa's Contentious Democracy

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Author: Marcel Paret,Carin Runciman,Luke Sinwell

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317127307

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

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From the Arab Uprising, to anti-austerity protests in Europe and the US Occupy Movement, to uprisings in Brazil and Turkey, resistance from below is flourishing. Whereas analysts have tended to look North in their analysis of the recent global protest wave, this volume develops a Southern perspective through a deep engagement with the case of South Africa, which has experienced widespread popular resistance for more than a decade. Combining critical theoretical perspectives with extensive qualitative fieldwork and rich case studies, Southern Resistance in Critical Perspective situates South Africa’s contentious democracy in relation to both the economic insecurity of contemporary global capitalism and the constantly shifting political terrain of post-apartheid nationalism. The analysis integrates worker, community and political party organizing into a broader narrative of resistance, bridging historical divisions between social movement studies, labor studies and political sociology.

The WholeWorld is Texting

Youth Protest in the Information Age

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Author: Irving Epstein

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9463000550

Category: Education

Page: 233

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The authors of this volume address multiple questions involving the nature of youth protest in the twenty-first century. Through their use of a case study approach, they comment upon the ways in which youth protest has been influenced by the electronic and social media and evaluate the effectiveness of protest activities, many of which were framed in reaction to neo-liberalism and state authoritarianism. A number of the authors further comment upon the utility of employing social movement theory to analyze the nature and character of protest actions, while others situate such events within specific political, social and cultural contexts. The case studies focus upon protest activities in Bahrain, Turkey, Iran, Cambodia, South Africa, China, Russia, Chile, Spain, and the U.S., and together, they offer a comparative analysis of an important global phenomenon. In so doing, the authors further address issues involving the changing nature of globalized protest participation, its immediate and long-term consequences, and the ways in which protests have encouraged a re-evaluation of the nature of inequality, as constructed within educational, social, and political spheres.

Popular Culture in Africa

The Episteme of the Everyday

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Author: Stephanie Newell,Onookome Okome

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135068933

Category: Social Science

Page: 346

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This volume marks the 25th anniversary of Karin Barber’s ground-breaking article, "Popular Arts in Africa", which stimulated new debates about African popular culture and its defining categories. Focusing on performances, audiences, social contexts and texts, contributors ask how African popular cultures contribute to the formation of an episteme. With chapters on theater, Nollywood films, blogging, and music and sports discourses, as well as on popular art forms, urban and youth cultures, and gender and sexuality, the book highlights the dynamism and complexity of contemporary popular cultures in sub-Saharan Africa. Focusing on the streets of Africa, especially city streets where different cultures and cultural personalities meet, the book asks how the category of "the people" is identified and interpreted by African culture-producers, politicians, religious leaders, and by "the people" themselves. The book offers a nuanced, strongly historicized perspective in which African popular cultures are regarded as vehicles through which we can document ordinary people’s vitality and responsiveness to political and social transformations.

Beyond the Barricades

Popular Resistance in South Africa

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Author: Iris Tillman Hill,André Odendaal,Alex Harris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780893813758

Category: History

Page: 144

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"The pictures convey more powerfully than words ever could the grief & yet the determination of [the oppressed people of South Africa]."-Reverend Frank Chikane, General Secretary, South African Council of Churches

Contesting Transformation

Popular Resistance in Twenty-First Century South Africa

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Author: Marcelle C. Dawson,Luke Sinwell

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745335025

Category: History

Page: 320

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Contesting Transformation is a sober and critical reflection of the wave of social movement struggles which have taken place in post-apartheid South Africa. Much of the writing on these movements was produced when they were at their peak, whereas this collection takes stock of the subsequent period of difficulty and complexity. The contributors consider how these different movements conceive of transformation and assess the extent to which these understandings challenge the narrative of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). From township revolts to labour struggles, Contesting Transformation is the definitive critical survey of the state of popular struggle in South Africa today.

The State of Resistance

Popular Struggles in the Global South

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Author: Francois Polet

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1848137834

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This indispensable book offers a panorama of social resistances to neoliberal globalization in the South. Writers and activists from forty different countries or regions offer snapshots of the latest mobilizations, from the anti-privatization groups in South Africa and the anti-WTO campaign of peasants in India, to the indigenous movement behind Evo Morales in Bolivia. The book focuses on a range of diverse popular struggles that impact on democratic and development process, yet receive little public attention or are caricatured by mainstream media. It reveals collective tensions throughout those societies whose material bases have been profoundly shaken by a series of adjustments dictated by the canons of the globalized economy. It is an essential guide to the latest developments in social movements. Edited by Francois Polet of the Centre Tricontinental, it includes contributions from key activists and scholars such as Vinod Raina, Michel Warschawski, Maristella Svampa and Mahaman Tidjani.

Black Consciousness in South Africa

The Dialectics of Ideological Resistance to White Supremacy

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Author: Robert Fatton

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887061271

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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Black Consciousness in South Africa provides a new perspective on black politics in South Africa. It demonstrates and assesses critically the radical character and aspirations of African resistance to white minority rule. Robert Fatton analyzes the development and radicalization of South Africa s Black Consciousness Movement from its inception in the late 1960s to its banning in 1977. He rejects the widely accepted interpretation of the Black Consciousness Movement as an exclusively cultural and racial expression of African resistance to racism. Instead Fatton argues that over the course of its existence, the Movement developed a revolutionary ideology capable of challenging the cultural and political hegemony of apartheid. The Black Consciousness Movement came to be a synthesis of class awareness and black cultural assertiveness. It represented the ethico-political weapon of an oppressed class struggling to reaffirm its humanity through active participation in the demise of a racist and capitalist system."

Hidden Struggles in Rural South Africa

Politics & Popular Movements in the Transkei & Eastern Cape, 1890-1930

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Author: William Beinart,Colin Bundy

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520057807

Category: History

Page: 326

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Urban Revolt

State Power and the Rise of People's Movements in the Global South

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Author: Trevor Ngwane,Immanuel Ness,Luke Sinwell

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 1608467147

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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How do individuals and organizations move beyond the boundaries of constitutional or legal constructs to challenge neoliberalism and capitalism? As major urban areas have become the principal sites of poor and working-class social upheaval in the early twenty-first century, the chapters in this book explore key cities in the Global South. Through detailed cases studies, Urban Revolt unravels the potential and limitations of urban social movements on an international level.

Civic Agency in Africa

Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century

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Author: Ebenezer Obadare,Wendy Willems

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1847010865

Category: History

Page: 236

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Examines the variety of mostly unorganized and informal ways in which Africans exercise agency and resist state power in the 21st century, through citizen action and popular culture, and how the relationship between ruler and ruled is being reframed.

Ecological Resistance Movements

The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism

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Author: Bron Raymond Taylor

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791426456

Category: Political Science

Page: 422

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Ecological resistance movements are proliferating around the world. Some are explicitly radical in their ideas and militant in their tactics while others have emerged from a variety of social movements that, in response to environmental deterioration, have taken up ecological sustainability as a central objective. This book brings together a team of international scholars to examine contemporary movements of ecological resistance. The first four sections focus on the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Europe, and the book concludes with a selection of articles that address the philosophical and moral issues these movements pose, assess trends found among them, and evaluate their impacts and prospects. [Among the many contributors to the volume are Daniel Deudney, Robert Edwards, Heidi Hadsell, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Lois Lorentzen, David Rothenberg, Wolfgang Rudig, Jerry Stark, Paul Wapner, and Ben Wisner.]

The Road to Soweto

Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976

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Author: Julian Brown

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1847011411

Category: History

Page: 204

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Conclusion: Consequences -- Bibliography -- Index

The South Africa Reader

History, Culture, Politics

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Author: Clifton Crais,Thomas V. McClendon

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822377454

Category: History

Page: 624

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The South Africa Reader is an extraordinarily rich guide to the history, culture, and politics of South Africa. With more than eighty absorbing selections, the Reader provides many perspectives on the country's diverse peoples, its first two decades as a democracy, and the forces that have shaped its history and continue to pose challenges to its future, particularly violence, inequality, and racial discrimination. Among the selections are folktales passed down through the centuries, statements by seventeenth-century Dutch colonists, the songs of mine workers, a widow's testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a photo essay featuring the acclaimed work of Santu Mofokeng. Cartoons, songs, and fiction are juxtaposed with iconic documents, such as "The Freedom Charter" adopted in 1955 by the African National Congress and its allies and Nelson Mandela's "Statement from the Dock" in 1964. Cacophonous voices—those of slaves and indentured workers, African chiefs and kings, presidents and revolutionaries—invite readers into ongoing debates about South Africa's past and present and what exactly it means to be South African.

Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400–1948

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Author: Paul S. Landau

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139488260

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400–1948 offers an inclusive vision of South Africa's past. Drawing largely from original sources, Paul Landau presents a history of the politics of the country's people, from the time of their early settlements in the elevated heartlands, through the colonial era, to the dawn of Apartheid. A practical tradition of mobilization, alliance, and amalgamation persisted, mutated, and occasionally vanished from view; it survived against the odds in several forms, in tribalisms, Christian assemblies, and other, seemingly hybrid movements; and it continues today. Landau treats southern Africa broadly, concentrating increasingly on the southern Highveld and ultimately focusing on a transnational movement called the 'Samuelites'. He shows how people's politics in South Africa were suppressed and transformed, but never entirely eliminated.

Soweto Blues

Jazz, Popular Music, and Politics in South Africa

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Author: Gwen Ansell

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826417534

Category: Music

Page: 350

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Tells the remarkable story of how jazz became a key part of South Africa's struggle in the 20th century, and provides a fascinating overview of the ongoing links between African and American styles of music. Ansell illustrates how jazz occupies a unique place in South African music.Through interviews with hundreds of musicians, she pieces together a vibrant narrative history, bringing to life the early politics of resistance, the atmosphere of illegal performance spaces, the global anti-apartheid influence of Hugh Masakela and Miriam Makeba, as well as the post-apartheid upheavals in the national broadcasting and recording industries.