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On 8 January 2012 the ANC, the oldest African nationalist organisation, celebrated its one hundredth anniversary. This historic event generated significant public debate within the ANC and in South African society at large. There is no better time to critically reflect on the ANC’s historical trajectory and struggle against colonialism and apartheid than in its centennial year. Covering a broad chronological and geographical spectrum and using a diverse range of sources, the contributors extend the historiography of the ANC by tapping into marginal spaces in ANC history. By moving away from the celebratory mode that has characterised much contemporary discussion of the centenary, the contributors suggest that the relationship between the histories of earlier struggles and the present needs to be rethought in more complex terms. Collectively, the book chapters challenge hegemonic narratives that have become an established part of South Africa’s national discourse since 1994. By opening up debate on controversial or obscured aspects of the ANC’s century-long history, this book sets out an agenda for future research. It is directed at a wide readership with an interest in understanding the historical roots of South Africa’s current politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. vii
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  1. Editorial Note
  2. p. viii
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  1. First Keynote Address: Fragmentation and Cohesion in the ANC: The First 70 Years
  2. Philip Bonner
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Second Keynote Address: A Continuing Search for Identity: Carrying the Burden of History
  2. Joel Netshitenzhe
  3. pp. 13-28
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  1. Chapter One: One Hundred Years of the ANC: Debating Struggle History After Apartheid
  2. Jon Soske, Arianna Lissoni, Natasha Erlank
  3. pp. 29-54
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  1. Chapter Two: Religion And Resistance In Natal, 1900–1910
  2. Norman Etherington
  3. pp. 55-76
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  1. Chapter Three: Christianity and African Nationalism in South Africa in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
  2. Natasha Erlank
  3. pp. 77-96
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  1. Chapter Four: Charlotte Maxeke: A Celebrated and Neglected Figure in History
  2. Thozama April
  3. pp. 97-110
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  1. Chapter Five: Imagining the Patriotic Worker: The Idea of ‘Decent Work’ in the ANC’s Political Discourse
  2. Franco Barchiesi
  3. pp. 111-134
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  1. Chapter Six: Popular Movements, Contentious Spaces and the ANC, 1943–1956
  2. Noor Nieftagodien
  3. pp. 135-162
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  1. Chapter Seven: Unravelling the 1947 ‘Doctors’ Pact’: Race, Metonymy and the Evasions of Nationalist History
  2. Jon Soske
  3. pp. 163-190
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  1. Chapter Eight: The Politics of Language and Chief Albert Luthuli’s funeral, 30 July 1967
  2. Liz Gunner
  3. pp. 191-210
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  1. Chapter Nine: Robben Island University Revisited
  2. Crain Soudien
  3. pp. 211-232
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  1. Chapter Ten: Shishita: A Crisis in the ANC in Exile in Zambia, 1980–1981
  2. Hugh Macmillan
  3. pp. 233-254
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Comrade Mzwai
  2. Vladimir Shubin
  3. pp. 255-274
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Revisiting Sekhukhuneland: Trajectories of Former UDF Activists in Post-Apartheid South Africa
  2. Ineke van Kessel
  3. pp. 275-300
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: Regeneration of ANC Political Power, from the 1994 Electoral Victory to the 2012 Centenary
  2. Susan Booysen
  3. pp. 301-324
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: The ANC: Party Vanguard of the Black Middle Class?
  2. Roger Southall
  3. pp. 325-346
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: Globalisation, Recolonisation and the Paradox of Liberation in Southern Africa
  2. John S Saul
  3. pp. 347-366
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 367-371
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 372-396
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781868146000
Related ISBN
9781868145737
MARC Record
OCLC
1016614526
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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