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Title:Urban social movements in South Africa in a 'globalising' era
Author:Pieterse, EdgarISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:1-17
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political systems
globalization
local politics
global economy
External link:https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/BF03036606.pdf
Abstract:Urban social movements in South Africa are potentially key actors in local politics, especially when viewed against the backdrop of globalization. The author examines some of the dimensions which are inscribed in the sign globalization, with special attention to the significance it presents for urbanities - the space and place where urban social movements engrave their struggles. One of the central aspects of the argument is that these movements are increasingly ineffectual in impacting on local politics, especially insofar as they fail to adapt strategically and refocus their energies to engage the new challenges which are unfolding in urban spaces traversed by global processes. How can social movements, especially civics, use the emerging global imperatives to think differently about their role and particularly their (style of) political engagement? The author asserts the need to reconsider the ideological frameworks within which social movement activism takes place. He considers whether radical 'postmodern politics' provides aspects of a possible open-ended and flexible framework for radical agendas. These thoughts are structured around the themes of reflexive radicalism and strategic implications. Bibliogr., notes.
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