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Title:From 'Quiescence' to 'People's Power': Township Politics in Kagiso, 1985-1986
Author:Seekings, JeremyISNI
Year:1992
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Volume:18
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:20-41
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political action
townships
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02533959208458524
Abstract:Many of South Africa's townships erupted in revolt during the mid-1980s. At least two forms of transition to revolt and confrontation can be identified. Different factors shaped the respective processes and outcomes of political mobilization and protest. Existing case studies tend to focus on the first form: the initial transition to confrontation in each region, in which local factors were of primary importance. This article focuses on the second form: the 'belated' transition, in which mass protest occurred in one township some time after violent conflict had become endemic in the surrounding region. The case study of Kagiso township on the West Rand shows how supralocal factors, in particular regional and national organization, played an important role in these belated transitions. In Kagiso, as in many other townships, consumer boycotts served as the medium for national influence on local politics. But external factors only led to mass mobilization in conjunction with other, local factors. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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