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Beyond Our Wildest Dreams: The United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa e-book

Author:

Ineke van van Kessel

Language:

English

Category:

Politics

Subcategory:

Sociology

ePub size:

1267 kb

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Rating:

4.4

Publisher:

University of Virginia Press (February 29, 2000)

Pages:

367

ISBN:

0813918685

Beyond Our Wildest Dreams: The United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa e-book

by Ineke van van Kessel


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beyond Our Wildest Dreams book. Even in South Africa, writes Ineke van Kessel, who covered the anti-apartheid movement as a journalist, resistance was not the obvious option for ordinary citizens

beyond Our Wildest Dreams book. Even in South Africa, writes Ineke van Kessel, who covered the anti-apartheid movement as a journalist, resistance was not the obvious option for ordinary citizens. Van Kessel shows how these people were mobilized into forming a radical social movement that developed a highly flexible and innovative form of resistance that ultimately ended apartheid.

The title of van Kessel's new book is taken from an interview with the former national treasurer of the United Democratic Front (UDF) .

The title of van Kessel's new book is taken from an interview with the former national treasurer of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Azhar Cachalia. When we founded the UDF', Cachalia told van Kessel, 'we had never in our wildest dreams expected that events would take off in the way they did. What happened was beyond everybody's expectations. The UDF was formed in 1983 to bring together opponents of constitutional reforms proposed by the National Party government.

These impressive and complementary studies both look at the history of the United Democratic Front, the political umbrella movement that mobilized mass resistance to apartheid inside South Africa during the 1980s in tandem with the exiled African National Congress.

Even in South Africa, writes Ineke van Kessel, who covered the anti-apartheid movement as a journalist, resistance was not the obvious option for ordinary citizens.

Beyond Our Wildest Dreams" explores the often conflicted relationship between the UDF's large-scale resistance to. .

Beyond Our Wildest Dreams" explores the often conflicted relationship between the UDF's large-scale resistance to apartheid and its everyday struggles at the local level. In hindsight, the UDF can be seen as a transitional front, preparing the ground for leaders of the liberation movement to return from exile or prison and take over power. But the founding fathers of the UDF initially had far more modest ambitions.

Dreams : The United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa.

book by Ineke Van Kessel. Beyond Our Wildest Dreams : The United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa.

Beyond our wildest dreams. the United Democratic Front and the transformation of South Africa. Published 2000 by University Press of Virginia in Charlottesville.

As anyone who lived through that decade knows, the 1980s in South Africa were marked by protest, violent confrontation, and international sanctions. Internally, the country saw a bewildering growth of grassroots organizations--including trade unions, civic associations in the black townships, student and other youth organizations, church-based groups, and women's movements--many of which operated under the umbrella of the United Democratic Front (UDF). "Beyond Our Wildest Dreams" explores the often conflicted relationship between the UDF's large-scale resistance to apartheid and its everyday struggles at the local level.

In hindsight, the UDF can be seen as a transitional front, preparing the ground for leaders of the liberation movement to return from exile or prison and take over power. But the founding fathers of the UDF initially had far more modest ambitions. As Azhar Cachalia, one of its core activists, later explained: "Look, when we founded the UDF, we had never in our wildest dreams expected that events would take off in the way they did. What happened was beyond everybody's expectations."

Interviews with Cachalia and other leading personalities in the UDF examine the organization's workings at the national level, while stories of ordinary people, collected by the author, illuminate the grassroots activism so important to the UDF's success. Even in South Africa, writes Ineke van Kessel, who covered the anti-apartheid movement as a journalist, resistance was not the obvious option for ordinary citizens. Van Kessel shows how these people were mobilized into forming a radical social movement that developed a highly flexible and innovative form of resistance that ultimately ended apartheid.


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