Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society by H. Thörn

By H. Thörn

Looking at anti-apartheid as a part of the historical past of current international politics, this booklet presents the 1st comparative research of alternative sections of the transnational anti-apartheid circulate. the writer emphasizes the significance of a historic standpoint on political cultures, social hobbies, and worldwide civil society.

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This is a consequence of the fact that my approach to media discourse analysis is both historical and emphasizes the importance of paying attention to the actual words and concepts used in order to analyse how meaning is constructed. Further, this form of narration is also intended to provide the reader with a sense of the atmosphere of the debates in the public spaces in Britain and Sweden at the particular historical moments. Part I Anti-Apartheid in Global Context 1 Narratives of Transnational Anti-Apartheid Activism Introduction: transnational activists and historical experiences Although networks, as well as social movements, are collective phenomena, it is important not to underestimate the role of individuals in the processes of their construction.

In any case this is not an easy task to assess, since it really cannot be measured. To find out about the number of participants is of course not unimportant to be able to assess the impact of a movement. But the main task for the approach that I am using is to find out about the quality of action. What were the important forms of action and interaction and what did they mean in the different contexts in which they were performed? Social movements and the mediatization of politics In March 1960, the international campaign against apartheid that was initiated the year before was fuelled by the Sharpeville shootings, which was reported globally by the media and caused a moral outrage all over the world.

However, from this 'inside' position he could do a lot for activists on the 'outside', that is, for the people active in the liberation struggle in Southern Africa as well as the solidarity movements in other parts of the world that supported this struggle. At the time when the Committee was formed, NGOs did not have the kind of official recognition in the UN that they have at present. In this sense, The Special Committee against Apartheid was unique when it became, through activities initiated by Reddy, an important space of interaction for individuals, groups and organizations that were part of the network of transnational anti-apartheid activism which was created from the early 1960s and onwards.

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