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dc.contributor.advisorIllinois, Urbana
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, John James
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-02T16:10:13Z
dc.date.available2021-11-02T16:10:13Z
dc.date.issued1989
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11394/8552
dc.descriptionPhilosophiae Doctor - PhDen_US
dc.description.abstractThis study set out to investigate the conditions under which urban issues triggered grassroots mobilization in Metropolitan Cape Town, South Africa between 1976 and 1986. It sought to understand the form taken by such collective behavior and tried to discover the relations of power that inform urban social movements, locally, regionally and nationally. I did not only observe neighborhood social life, but neighborhood-based protests. Through a close observation of social practices in different neighborhoods I have managed to document the influence of urban social movements on the dominant relations of power in Cape Town. In this regard, I have demonstrated that through the organizational strategies and mobilizational tactics of neighborhood associations, political institutions in Black townships have been turned upside down; social relationships in some neighborhoods have been dramatically challenged and reviewed, and perhaps most significantly the legacy of constructed cultural silence amongst the oppressed and exploited has been significantly eroded from unconscious acquiescence to the status quo to a conscious disobedience to the dominant relations of power politically, economically and ideologically. It is in the mobilizational moments of resistance and organizational strategies of city-wide neighborhood networks in the form of urban social movements that there emerge, through conscious struggle, the organic potential and conjunctural possibilities for the construction and propagation of counterhegemonic social relations in the arena of conflict and contestation where the State, since 1976 is finding it increasingly difficult to elicit the consent of the governed. Thus, it is in this historically-informed context that urban social movements are first and foremost an expression of an organized attempt by the people at the grassroots level to transform the dominant Apartheid practices at all levels of society.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of the Western Capeen_US
dc.subjectOrganizational strategiesen_US
dc.subjectMobilizational tacticsen_US
dc.subjectCape Townen_US
dc.subjectNeighborhood associationsen_US
dc.subjectEconomicallyen_US
dc.subjectIdeologicallyen_US
dc.titleUrban social movements in metropolitan Cape Town South Africaen_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity of the Western Capeen_US


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