Whose voices? politics and methodology in the study of political organisation and protest in the final phase of the 'Struggle' in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.author Seekings, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-06T15:13:53Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-06T15:13:53Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02582471003778300
dc.identifier.citation Seekings, J. (2010). Whose Voices? Politics and Methodology in the Study of Political Organisation and Protest in the Final Phase of the ‘Struggle’in South Africa. South African Historical Journal, 62(1), 7-28. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-2473 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20235
dc.description.abstract The study of the 'liberation' struggle in South Africa is unusual in that, with respect to the final phase of struggle in the 1980s, the literature was dominated by an 'indigenous' scholarship produced in whole or in part inside the country and, initially, during rather than after the period of struggle. This article examines three phases in this indigenous scholarship, beginning in the 1970s and 1980s with a phase of research that emphasised the local sources of political protest. In the early 1990s this gave way, partially at least, to a phase of 'critical indigenous' scholarship, focused primarily on the (mis)conduct of the 'youth'. Finally, beginning in the late 1990s and continuing into the early 2000s, there was a phase of 'activist-oriented indigenous' scholarship, focused on political leadership and networks. Each phase was defined in large part by the political context, which substituted for a theoretical or comparative framework for analysis. They were also distinguished by shifting methodologies and sources. While the 'voices' of participants in protest and organisation were emphasised in these three phases, different voices were given prominence in each of these. The challenge for scholars now is to integrate diverse voices into an overall picture, whilst recognising that voices are incomplete, that some potential voices are likely to remain silent, and that making sense of voices requires going beyond them. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_ZA
dc.source South African Historical Journal en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rshj20/current
dc.subject.other Liberation
dc.subject.other Historiography
dc.subject.other African National Congress
dc.subject.other United Democratic Front
dc.title Whose voices? politics and methodology in the study of political organisation and protest in the final phase of the 'Struggle' in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-05-26T09:05:48Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Seekings, J. (2010). Whose voices? politics and methodology in the study of political organisation and protest in the final phase of the 'Struggle' in South Africa. <i>South African Historical Journal</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20235 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Seekings, Jeremy "Whose voices? politics and methodology in the study of political organisation and protest in the final phase of the 'Struggle' in South Africa." <i>South African Historical Journal</i> (2010) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20235 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Seekings J. Whose voices? politics and methodology in the study of political organisation and protest in the final phase of the 'Struggle' in South Africa. South African Historical Journal. 2010; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20235. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Seekings, Jeremy AB - The study of the 'liberation' struggle in South Africa is unusual in that, with respect to the final phase of struggle in the 1980s, the literature was dominated by an 'indigenous' scholarship produced in whole or in part inside the country and, initially, during rather than after the period of struggle. This article examines three phases in this indigenous scholarship, beginning in the 1970s and 1980s with a phase of research that emphasised the local sources of political protest. In the early 1990s this gave way, partially at least, to a phase of 'critical indigenous' scholarship, focused primarily on the (mis)conduct of the 'youth'. Finally, beginning in the late 1990s and continuing into the early 2000s, there was a phase of 'activist-oriented indigenous' scholarship, focused on political leadership and networks. Each phase was defined in large part by the political context, which substituted for a theoretical or comparative framework for analysis. They were also distinguished by shifting methodologies and sources. While the 'voices' of participants in protest and organisation were emphasised in these three phases, different voices were given prominence in each of these. The challenge for scholars now is to integrate diverse voices into an overall picture, whilst recognising that voices are incomplete, that some potential voices are likely to remain silent, and that making sense of voices requires going beyond them. DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Historical Journal LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2010 SM - 0258-2473 T1 - Whose voices? politics and methodology in the study of political organisation and protest in the final phase of the 'Struggle' in South Africa TI - Whose voices? politics and methodology in the study of political organisation and protest in the final phase of the 'Struggle' in South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20235 ER - en_ZA


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