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From Comrades to Citizens : The South African Civics Movement and the Transition to Democracy : The South African Civics Movement and the Transition to Democracy - Glenn Adler

From Comrades to Citizens : The South African Civics Movement and the Transition to Democracy

The South African Civics Movement and the Transition to Democracy

By: Glenn Adler (Editor), Jonny Steinberg (Editor)

Hardcover Published: May 2000
ISBN: 9780333774571
Number Of Pages: 253

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In the 1980s South Africa's urban townships exploded into insurrection led by youth and residents' organizations that collectively became known as the 'civics movement'. The apartheid government never recovered. Ironically this movement has found great difficulty finding a place for itself in the post-apartheid order it helped create. The high levels of participation by township residents - which civics' very form demanded - was era-bound. The civics relied on the drama of the times and the presence of an enemy, and have been unable to adapt to the role of a voluntary association in a liberal polity. This volume charts the rise and fall of the movement in the transition to, and consolidation of, a democracy in South Africa. Among the issues addressed are: If the organizations which brought down an authoritarian regime are unable to survive the transition, what forms of associational life can replace them? Are these appropriate or inimical to the healthy life of a new democracy? The volume brings together many leading writers in the field and helps the reader to gain a greater understanding of this important part of South African history and politics.

List of Maps
Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: From Comrades to Citizensp. 1
Survival and Resistance: Township Organizations and Non-violent Direct Action in Twentieth Century South Africap. 26
The Development of Strategic Thought in South Africa's Civic Movements, 1977-90p. 52
Hegemony, Democracy and Civil Society: Political Participation in Kwazakele Township, 1980-93p. 86
Fenced in by Ideas of Modernity: Land Struggles and Civic Activism in Namaqualand, 1980-93p. 114
Civic Organization in Alexandra in the Early 1990s: An Ethnographic Approachp. 145
A Place for Civics in a Liberal Democratic Polity? The Fate of Local Institutions of Resistance after Apartheidp. 175
After Apartheid: Civic Organizations in the 'New' South Africap. 205
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 236
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ISBN: 9780333774571
ISBN-10: 0333774574
Series: Studies in African Literature,
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: May 2000
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1