By Hakan Thorn
This e-book appears at anti-apartheid as a part of the historical past of current worldwide politics. It presents the 1st comparative research of alternative sections of the transnational anti-apartheid stream. the writer emphasizes the significance of a ancient viewpoint on political cultures, social events, and international civil society. examining part of twentieth century post-war heritage quite often from a sociological standpoint it additionally highlights dimensions of globalization in an period within which we nonetheless stay; the facility of the media; and the ability of collective motion.
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Looking at the representation of the antiapartheid movement as an active subject in different types of media material, it is possible to distinguish between at least four different constructions of subjectivity; the movement can speak (anonymously or through named representatives) through quotations, statements or articles in the established media, and through the production of movement media. Quotations in news articles represent the lowest degree of control from the viewpoint of the movement, as the journalist provides not just the context for the statement, but also interprets and edits the statement of the interviewed person.
One of the first national anti-apartheid organizations outside of England, Fonden för rasförtryckets offer (Fund for the Victims of Racial Oppression in South Africa), established in Sweden in 1959, later served as the Swedish chapter of IDAF. 11 When Gunnar Helander, born in 1915, with the intention to follow his family track, went to Lund University to become a priest, he began a journey that would lead him far away from his family, its location and its outlook on the world. In 1937, when he had finished his exams, he was asked by the Director of the Church of Sweden Mission (CSM) if he wanted to go on a mission to South Africa.
As the movement developed, so did the media approaches to it, so that the media’s structures of cognition and interpretation never stayed entirely fixed. 64 The most important aspect of the debate on apartheid/anti-apartheid in this regard is that from 1960 and on, following the British Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s ‘Winds of Change’ speech in South Africa in Introduction 23 January and the Sharpeville massacre in March, an uncontested aspect of apartheid/anti-apartheid discourse in both Britain and Sweden (as well as in most parts of the world) consisted of a consensus that there must be change in South Africa.