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Theatres of struggle and the end of Apartheid /
Belinda Bozzoli.
imprint
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c2004.
description
viii, 326 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0821415999 (pbk.)
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imprint
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c2004.
isbn
0821415999 (pbk.)
general note
"First published in the UK by Edinburgh University Press as part of the International African Library Series"--T.p. verso.
catalogue key
6103057
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-316) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-05-01:
Apartheid was defeated in South Africa not by externally based guerillas, not by sanctions and disinvestments, and not by constructive engagement. All three of those actions were important, but the most decisive attack on apartheid came in the 1980s from young African township patriots, acting according to newly emboldened and internally motivated strategies. One of those critical engagements between the young insurgents and the powerful state occurred in 1986 in Alexandra, a crowded jumble of small houses set between a motorway and an upscale white suburb in peri-urban Johannesburg. In her superb book, Bozzoli (sociology, Univ. of Witwatersrand) dissects the drama, meaning, and norms of the six-day war that was the Alexandra upsurge. Hers is less a romantic treatment of a justifiable antiapartheid battle than an unblinking attempt to portray both the external and internal dimensions of a particular local manifestation of a national cataclysm. This is thick description at its best, despite an awkward title and a determination to throw all available social theory up against the full meaning of the event itself. Despite some murky prose, there is no better single treatment of youth protest and township dynamics at the end of apartheid. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. I. Rotberg Harvard University
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Short Annotation
A compelling study of the origins and trajectory of one of the legendary black uprisings against apartheid, Theatres of Struggle and the End of Apartheid draws on insights gained from the literature on collective action and social movements.
Unpaid Annotation
A compelling study of the origins and trajectory of one of the legendary black uprisings against apartheid, Theatres of Struggle and the End of Apartheid draws on insights gained from the literature on collective action and social movements. It delves into the Alexandra Rebellion of 1986 to reveal its inner workings. Belinda Bozzoli's aim is to examine how the residents of Alexandra-a poverty-stricken segregated township in Johannesburg-manipulated and overturned the meanings of space, time, and power in their sequestered world. She explains how they used political theater to convey, stage, and dramatize their struggle and how young and old residents generated differing ideologies and tactics, giving rise to a distinct form of generational politics. Theatres of Struggle asks the reader to enter into the world of the rebels and to confront the moral complexity and social duress they experienced as they invented new social forms and violently attacked old ones. It is an important study of collective action that will be of great interest to sociologists and to scholars of Africa, particularly to those interested in the antiapartheid struggle.
Unpaid Annotation
A Compelling Study Of The Origins and trajectory of one of the legendary black uprisings against apartheid, Theatres of Struggle and the End of Apartheid draws on insights gained from the literature on collective action and social movements. It delves into the Alexandra Rebellion of 1986 to reveal its inner workings. Belinda Bozzoli's aim is to examine how the residents of Alexandra--a poverty-stricken segregated township in Johannesburg--manipulated and overturned the meanings of space, time, and power in their sequestered world. She explains how they used political theater to convey, stage, and dramatize their struggle and how young and old residents generated differing ideologies and tactics, giving rise to a distinct form of generational politics. Theatres of Struggle asks the reader to enter into the world of the rebels and to confront the moral complexity and social duress they experienced as they invented new social forms and violently attacked old ones. It is an important study of collective action that will be of great interest to sociologists and to scholars of Africa, particularly to those interested in the antiapartheid struggle.
Unpaid Annotation
This compelling study of the origins and trajectory of a legendary black uprising against apartheid draws on insights gained from the literature on collective action and social movements. It delves into the Alexandra Rebellion of 1986 to reveal its inner workings.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. vi
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Glossaryp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Illustrationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Place, Space and Framep. 20
The Failure of the Statep. 36
Bounded Revoltp. 66
Generations, Resources and Ideasp. 88
Commanding the Territoryp. 124
The Private Utopiap. 143
Realism and Revolutionp. 178
Nationalism and Theatricalityp. 206
From Victory to Defeatp. 233
Memory and Forgettingp. 253
Epiloguep. 276
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 317
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