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Title:Student Power, Actions and Problems: A Case Study of UWC SRC, 1981-92
Author:Maseko, Sipho S.
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:student movements
Education and Oral Traditions
Abbreviations:SRC=Student Representative Councils
UWC=University of Western Cape
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=586
Abstract:This essay analyses the politics of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, between 1981 and 1992. It suggests two ways of conceptualizing and explaining how the SRC performed its roles and functions. Firstly, it contends that the UWC SRC operated as a platform to mobilize and rally students to conduct national politics on campus, since it regarded itself as a limb of the liberation movement. Secondly, it argues that during the process of its evolution the SRC attempted to build a hegemonic front with which to challenge the ruling class, and at the same time serve as an instrument of domination, particularly over those who did not comply with its ideological orientation. The period 1981-1992 is divided into three subperiods: 1981-1986, characterized by efforts to link students' concerns on campus with community issues; 1987-1990, the era of 'intensification of the struggle until final victory'; 1990-1992, a period of collapse and rethinking of the functions of the SRC. Bibliogr., notes, ref.