Lessons of Struggle: South African Internal Opposition, 1960-1990

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byAnthony W. Marx

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Providing an in-depth analysis of thirty years of South African opposition, this work focuses on the development of the Black Consciousness movement founded by Steve Biko, the ANC-aligned United Democratic Front, and the burgeoning trade unions, and examines how each group's ideology, inregards to racial assertiveness, national unity, and class organization, influenced each other's and shaped popular activism. Presenting the South African conflict in the context of general theoretical debates on the role of ideas in shaping social change and theories of race, nation, class, andrevolution, Marx assesses the lessons learned in the process of the South African struggle and not only explains recent events in South Africa, but also suggests the likely implications of these past patterns of conflict on future developments. Based on unique interviews and previously undisclosedor undigested internal organizational documents, Lessons of Struggle will be invaluable to all those interested in the South African conflict.

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Providing an in-depth analysis of thirty years of South African opposition, this work focuses on the development of the Black Consciousness movement founded by Steve Biko, the ANC-aligned United Democratic Front, and the burgeoning trade unions, and examines how each group's ideology, inregards to racial assertiveness, national unity, ...

Anthony W. Marx is at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Vicissitudes of StruggleIdeological Conceptions of Recent OppositionThe Interplay of Structure and IdeasLooking Ahead2. Racial Assertiveness and Black Unrest: The Black Consciousness Movement Through 1976The Parents' MovementsThe Emergence of Black ConsciousnessThe Development of the BC MovementAnger and Explosion3. After the Uprising; Division and Realignment, 1977-1979Debates and Transitions With Black ConsciousnessRealignment Outside the Black Consciousness Framework4. Toward a National Front, 1980-1983Economic Recovery, Reform, and the Local ResponseIdeological ConsolidationBuilding a National Opposition5. National Revolt, Repression, and Discord, 1984-1988Organized Revolt and RepressionChartist Predominance and Rising Disillusionment6. Toward a Black Working-Class Movement and the Watershed of 1989-1990The Emergence of the Modern Black Union MovementA Search for Class ConsensusA Breakthrough Before the Next Century7. Lineages and Prospects of the South African OppositionIdeology Shaping Collective ActionThe Determinants of Ideological TransitionsImplications for the FutureThe CentaurNotesBibliographyAppendicesIndex

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"An outstanding, powerful book that will be widely cited. Marx makes a major contribution simply by telling this story in so much detail and with such empathy for the astonishing array of actors and positions. In addition, his theoretical grasp enables him to make sense at the broadest levelof what he correctly calls one of the biggest issues in social science--the relative weights of material structures and individuals' ideas in shaping political change and continuity."--Jennifer Hochschild, Princeton University