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Voices of protest : social movements in post-apartheid South Africa /
edited by Richard Ballard, Adam Habib, and Imraan Valodia.
Scottsville, South Africa : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006.
xx, 437 p. ; 24 cm.
1869140893, 9781869140892
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Scottsville, South Africa : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-09-01:
In South Africa's postapartheid euphoria, groups seeking a number of new rights burst on the scene. Some demanded affordable medicine or free electricity. Others were anti-privatization, anti-globalization, anti-eviction, and anti-pollution. Groups formed over land for the landless, unionization of the self-employed, debt-forgiveness, citizenship for immigrants, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-intersex rights, women's rights, and even the elimination of drug gangs through direct action (killing). The lessons of Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe (whose policies are recommended by one contributor), and the widespread failures of socialism and Marxism, have been ignored by the contributors to this volume. The poor majority may momentarily rejoice at expropriation of the rich, but expropriation will not eliminate poverty as it only eliminates wealth, innovation, and productivity. Perhaps the solution is not to eliminate the rich or punish them by overtaxation, but rather to eliminate poverty by giving the poor the liberty to become rich themselves. Summing Up: Optional. Researchers and faculty. F. L. Mokhtari National Defense University
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Main Description
The socio-economic transformation of South Africa is necessary for the consolidation of its democracy. This can be fully realized only when poor people's voices are heard in the corridors of power. Voices of Protest documents the first post-apartheid initiatives of poor people to mobilize and organize themselves. The book analyzes social struggles and movements in a variety of arenas. It illuminates poor people's demands, leadership, organizational structure, and most importantly, their politics. The book also assesses the collective effect of South Africa's social movements on the country's democracy and its socio-economic system.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introduction: From Anti-Apartheid to Post-Apartheid Social Movementsp. 1
Seeking the High Ground: The Treatment Action Campaign and the Politics of Moralityp. 23
Dynamics of a `Mini-Mass Movement': Origins, Identity and Ideological Pluralism in the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committeep. 45
Upstarts or Bearers of Tradition? The Anti-Privatisation Forum of Gautengp. 67
The Concerned Citizens Forum: A Fight Within a Fightp. 89
Building Unity in Diversity: Social Movement Activism in the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaignp. 111
The Landless People's Movement and the Failure of Post-Apartheid Land Reformp. 133
The Homeless People's Alliance: Purposive Creation and Ambiguated Realitiesp. 155
Elusive Boundaries: SANCO, the ANC and the Post-Apartheid South African Statep. 179
Connecting the Red, Brown and Green: The Environmental Justice Movement in South Africap. 203
Reconstructing a Social Movement in an Era of Globalisation: A Case Study of COSATUp. 225
Collective Action in the Informal Economy: The Case of the Self-Employed Women's Union, 1994-2004p. 255
From Economic Debt to Moral Debt: The Campaigns of Jubilee South Africap. 279
In the Absence of Citizenship: Congolese Refugee Struggle and Organisation in South Africap. 301
The Problem of Identities: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Social Movement in South Africap. 325
The Challenges of Inclusion and Transformation: The Women's Movement in Democratic South Africap. 349
The Cape of Good Dope? A Post-Apartheid Story of Gangs and Vigilantesp. 371
Conclusion: Making Sense of Post-Apartheid South Africa's Voices of Protestp. 397
Contributorsp. 419
Indexp. 425
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