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Title:Civic associations in South Africa
Author:Swilling, MarkISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:action groups
political systems
External link:https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/BF03036552.pdf
Abstract:This paper examines the current debate on civic associations in South Africa. Civics are localized grassroots organizational structures that are accountable to local constituencies, seek to address the local grievances that residents have with their conditions of daily living, and are located outside formal governmental, party-political or development agency institutions. They date back to the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the wake of the clampdown on the Black Consciousness Movement in October 1977, overtly political resistance was translated into more grassroots-orientated activity that revolved around daily living and working conditions. The organizational style and leadership of the UDF shaped the development of the civic movement. The following categories of civics are distinguished: grassroots civics, populist civics, leadership elite civics, paper civics, party-political civics, developmental civics, governmental civics, and the 'branch' civic. The current debate on civics focuses on their organizational evolution; civics in the context of the relationship between political and civil society; and the role of civics in the future development process. Bibliogr.