Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society by Hakan Thorn

By Hakan Thorn

This ebook seems at anti-apartheid as a part of the historical past of current international politics. It offers the 1st comparative research of other sections of the transnational anti-apartheid move. the writer emphasizes the significance of a old point of view on political cultures, social activities, and international civil society. reading part of twentieth century post-war heritage usually from a sociological point of view it additionally highlights dimensions of globalization in an period within which we nonetheless reside; the ability of the media; and the ability of collective motion.

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Rather, during the period of the anti-apartheid struggle, political (as well as other) practices in Britain and Sweden were increasingly related to worldwide processes. The main purpose of the book is to find out how transnational communication in the context of the anti-apartheid movement was carried out, what made it possible, and how transnational strategies, experiences and identities were articulated in the discourses of the movement. Consequently, I am interested in if and how organizations, groups and individuals based in the different countries were involved in transnational networks and processes of communication and identification.

I have consciously chosen to focus on activists that belonged to a category of ‘middle-range’ activists in the transnational network, rather than to its top leadership. They were chosen because they, in relation to a larger empirical material, ‘represent’ different ‘ideal types’ of activists (or perform different roles within the movement), just as their ‘activist biographies’ reflect important dimensions of the collective experiences, the organization and the processes of identification of the social movement of which their individual actions constituted a part.

As soon as the mission was publicly announced it was heavily criticized. 26 In this criticism against the unions, Mngqikana got support from the Africa groups, which also protested publicly against the trip. However, this did not mean that the relations between the ANC representative and the Africa Groups were easy – at least not in the beginning. Through the small but politically active South African exile community – also ridden by conflicts between supporters of the PAC, the ANC and the Unity Movement – Mngqikana soon after his arrival got in contact with the Africa Groups.

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