Legitimacy and generational conflict in the UDF : the struggles behind the struggle

TitleLegitimacy and generational conflict in the UDF : the struggles behind the struggle
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsW.M.J.van Kessel
Secondary TitleTransformation : critical perspectives on Southern Africa
Pagination32 - 52
Date Published2001///
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, apartheid, change, national liberation movements, politics, protest, rebellions, religion, Rural, social change, South Africa, United Democratic Front, youth

In terms of national politics, the UDF focused on protest against apartheid and on popularizing the programme and leadership of the banned ANC, simultaneously developing an increasingly radical agenda for social change in South Africa. But how was the political programme of the UDF understood in the social and moral universe of divergent local communities? This paper explores how the antiapartheid struggle in the 1980s was understood in three locally-based social movements that campaigned under the banner of the UDF, viz. a rural youth movement (Sekhukhuneland), a civic association in an African township (Kagiso), and a community newspaper ('Grassroots') in Cape Town. Seen from the vantage point of local case studies, several sub-themes emerge behind the overall theme of the antiapartheid struggle, notably the importance of religion and local belief systems, and the reversal of generational roles which expressed itself in the contestation of patterns of authority within African society itself. The paper is largely based on the author's book on the UDF (2000), which is an adaption of her PhD thesis (1995) for which field work was carried out in 1990-1991. Bibliogr., ref

IR handle/ Full text URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1887/4733
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