By Hakan Thorn
This booklet seems at anti-apartheid as a part of the heritage of current international politics. It offers the 1st comparative research of alternative sections of the transnational anti-apartheid stream. the writer emphasizes the significance of a ancient standpoint on political cultures, social events, and worldwide civil society. studying part of twentieth century post-war heritage customarily from a sociological standpoint it additionally highlights dimensions of globalization in an period during which we nonetheless dwell; the ability of the media; and the facility of collective motion.
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In any case this is not an easy task to assess, since it really cannot be measured. To find out about the number of participants is of course not unimportant to be able to assess the impact of a movement. But the main task for the approach that I am using is to find out about the quality of action. What were the important forms of action and interaction and what did they mean in the different contexts in which they were performed? Social movements and the mediatization of politics In March 1960, the international campaign against apartheid that was initiated the year before was fuelled by the Sharpeville shootings, which was reported globally by the media and caused a moral outrage all over the world.
The rise of the transnational anti-apartheid movement was parallel in time, and was indeed part of, the mediatization of politics, which followed the changes in the media structure in societies all over the world, beginning in the 1960s. 46 This is not only a space for the immediate transmission of news across the globe, but also a site of political struggle, where different political actors, through symbolic actions, are trying to influence opinions (such as in the case of, for example, Greenpeace).
Thus, an important focus when analysing media discourses that construct conflict scenarios involving social movements is the representation of the different actors – in this case the anti-apartheid movement (in its broadest sense, in South Africa and internationally), the South African police and the government, other governments, international bodies such as the UN, corporations and established political parties in the different countries. The position of these actors in the narratives is not just related to whether they appear as objects or subjects in the discourse.
Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society (St. Antony's) by Hakan Thorn