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 circulation. the writer emphasizes the significance of a old standpoint on political cultures, social pursuits, and international civil society.

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Narratives a( Transnational Anti-Apartheid Activism 37 There were many contrasts between living and working as a black and as a political activist in London and Stockholm respectively. In terms of working as an anti-apartheid activist in England in the 1960s, there was a lot of hostility, we were called terrorists you know, and there was a strong opposition from the government, the Conservative Party, so it was not easy there, it was a challenge to penetrate British Society, whereas in Sweden, there was an understanding, a revulsion against racism and apartheid.

I started to put things together and really began to understand where I stood in the British class system, and the relationship of that class system to what was going on in South Africa. So there was both a politization through friendships and emotional involvement, and through theory and through beginning to understand a bit more about of whom I was and where I fitted in. 31 When Ling had finished her university studies, she moved to London, where she became a full-time activist. Being an AAM activist, she was offered a job in IDAF, working in the research and information department, a position she held for nine years.

21 When he was released, he saw an advertisement in the Cape Times about a scholarship sponsored by the University of London. He applied, succeeded and arrived in London in 1964. A couple of minutes walk from the student hostel in which he was staying, the British AAM had its office. When Mngqikana visited the office, he learned that there was an ANC office in London. The ANC representative, Raymond Kunene, put Mngqikana in touch with a group of his own age, among them Thabo Mbeki, who became a close friend.

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