From Comrades to Citizens (Innbundet)

The South African Civics Movement and the Transition to Democracy

Serie: International Political Economy Series 

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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2000
Antall sider: 269
Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Språk: Engelsk
Serie: International Political Economy Series
ISBN/EAN: 9780333774571
Omtale: From Comrades to Citizens
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.

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