Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society by H. Thörn

By H. Thörn

Looking at anti-apartheid as a part of the background of current international politics, this booklet offers the 1st comparative research of other sections of the transnational anti-apartheid circulate. the writer emphasizes the significance of a old viewpoint on political cultures, social routine, and worldwide civil society.

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Regarding normative statements on changes of apartheid and the strategies of anti-apartheid, what are the main arguments and positions? Where is the border drawn between what is possible to argue and what is not? 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.

As we shall see, there were differences between the frames of the news reports and those of the editorial comments, but they were nevertheless connected to each other. Further, because of the focus on the presence of the anti-apartheid movement in the media, and the movement's own emphasis on the strategy of producing alternative media, I have also included publications of the major anti-apartheid organizations. 67 Introduction 25 Using the approach of Foucault to the 'order of discourse' 68 as a source of inspiration, the most basic questions for discourse analysis is to ask questions about who is allowed to speak (the subjects of the discourse), what is possible to say (and not to say) and what central objects are constructed in the discourse.

Still, the reality of segregation came as a shock to him when he arrived in South Africa in 1938. From Helander's account of his encounter with South African society, it is evident that his commitment against apartheid first and foremost started from the experience of socialising and identifying with his Indian friend: As an Indian he was mainly treated as a black, everywhere there were signs saying 'only Europeans/only non-Europeans, and since he was 'non-European' we could not sit on the same park bench, or go through the same door at a railway station, or go to a restaurant or a cinema together ...

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