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Title:Special Issue: reflections on 20 years of South African democracy from below
Editor:Thompson, LisaISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 1470-1014)
City of publisher:Abingdon
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political participation
civil society
action groups
trade unions
Abstract:According to the government in South Africa, public participation is a key characteristic of the transformed political landscape post 1994. Yet, levels of protest action are ever-increasing, particularly among the urban poor. This special issue of Politikon encompasses a largely case study-based appraisal of how 20 years of democracy have contributed (or not) towards substantive forms of citizenship. The edition highlights the potential and limitations of collective mobilisation strategies. The articles provide description and analysis of a very diverse range of mobilisation and social organisation in response to challenges of citizenship and rights. A central theme is the dynamics of participation in terms of both the constitution and internal processes of grassroots, self-created or invented spaces themselves, and the links between these and formal spaces of participation created by government (invited spaces). Contents: Expressions of citizenship through participation and protest (Lisa Thompson); The rise and fall of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a South African social movement (Bandile Mdlalose); Occupying Umlazi: hesitant steps towards political ideology in a Durban township (China Ngubane); Protest and participation in Durban: a focus on Cato Manor, Merebank and Wentworth (Shauna Mottiar); Participatory politics: understanding civil society organisations in governance networks in Khayelitsha (Lisa Thompson, Ina Conradie, Pamela Tsolekile de Wet); Making experience legible: spaces of participation and the construction of knowledge in Khayelitsha (Angela Storey); Spaces of hope: rethinking trade union-community alliances and citizenship in a post-alliance era in South Africa (Greg Ruiters); Social movement trade unionism: case of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Tyanai Masiya); Constitutionalism as a barrier to the resolution of widespread community rebellions in South Africa (Patrick Bond); John Daniel (1944-2014) - his life and politics (Peter Vale). [ASC Leiden abstract]