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By Hakan Thorn

This booklet appears at anti-apartheid as a part of the heritage of current worldwide politics. It offers the 1st comparative research of other sections of the transnational anti-apartheid flow. the writer emphasizes the significance of a old standpoint on political cultures, social pursuits, and worldwide civil society. examining part of twentieth century post-war background frequently from a sociological point of view it additionally highlights dimensions of globalization in an period during which we nonetheless reside; the ability of the media; and the ability of collective motion.

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This in turn gives rise to a moral outrage translated into public action and the emergence of a broad anti-apartheid movement. This chain of logic is based on the implicit assumption that ‘the event in itself’ is the fundamental reason for all the other things to 18 Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society happen. Thus, it is argued that the key to understand the event and its effects is the moral outrage caused by the sheer brutality of the South African police, as mediated in the news coverage.

Further, from the early days of transnational anti-apartheid mobilization, there was also an internal debate on anti-apartheid strategies, particularly in the context of the solidarity movement. 24 Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society As we will see in Part II of this book, different action strategies were in the focus of the debate at different periods of the anti-apartheid struggle. In case of the debate on the South African anti-apartheid movement, the issue of violence/non-violence was always on the agenda, particularly after the ANC abandoned its non-violent strategy in 1961.

What are the most important frames structuring the conflict scenario and the debate? Who are the main actors in the discourse? To what extent are they objects/subjects of the discourse? When they speak as acting subjects, from which positions do they speak? 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.

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