By H. Thörn
Looking at anti-apartheid as a part of the heritage of current international politics, this booklet presents the 1st comparative research of alternative sections of the transnational anti-apartheid flow. the writer emphasizes the significance of a historic viewpoint on political cultures, social activities, and international civil society.
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She clearly remembers the 21 March 1960, the day of the Sharpeville massacre. At the time, her father was a teacher in a public school, and was also Housemaster of one of the boarding houses. By coincidence, Bishop Trevor Huddleston was staying in the boarding house where Margaret Ling and her family lived, after preaching in the school chapel. The year before, Huddleston had been invited as one of the speakers at the founding meeting of the organization that subsequently was called the Anti-Apartheid Movement.
It is an approach that pays particular attention to practices involving movements, mobility and diaspora - the crossing of borders and the construction of spaces across and in between institutionalized and relatively fixed In traduction 19 boundaries - the latter understood in terms of 'borderlands' or 'third space'. 56 Although I am arguing that 'border-crossing' is a key for understanding processes of organization and identification in the anti-apartheid struggle, it is just as important to focus and analyse the prevailing importance of old borders and the construction of new ones in this context.
49 At the same time movement mobilizations are often shaped in response to events that are globally reported by the media; movement intellectuals and groups are taking part in the struggle over the interpretation of the political implications of these events. For example the globally reported news reports from the war in Vietnam played an important role for the articulation of the anti-war movement politics in different places of the world. 5° Further, the reports on events in Sharpeville in 1960 and in Soweto in 1976 were followed by intensified mobilization against apartheid in different parts of the world.