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By Hakan Thorn

This booklet appears at anti-apartheid as a part of the historical past of current worldwide politics. It offers the 1st comparative research of other sections of the transnational anti-apartheid circulate. the writer emphasizes the significance of a old viewpoint on political cultures, social routine, and worldwide civil society. interpreting part of twentieth century post-war heritage mostly from a sociological viewpoint it additionally highlights dimensions of globalization in an period during which we nonetheless dwell; the facility of the media; and the ability of collective motion.

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Helander started to express his criticism in articles that was sent to Swedish newspapers. As the apartheid legislation of 1948 was enforced and segregation in South Africa became more widely known, Helander continued his critical writing, publishing articles in Swedish as well as British newspapers. His articles were more often accepted after he had published Zulu Meets the White Man in 1949, the first of ten novels in ten years, all of them expressing criticism against apartheid. 12 However, this was still far from uncontroversial in church circles.

However, it is important not to equal agency with individual action. 1 However, as a methodological approach, narratives of individual activists can be a useful tool not just to inquire into the role of certain key individuals; through narrated ‘activist biographies’, it is possible to grasp and analyse the significant historical experiences defining a social movement, as well as the meaning of its collective actions. Except for movement leaders, the role of individuals has often been neglected in research on social movements.

Through these strategies, the anti-apartheid movement took part of a struggle for representation that was played out on national arenas as well as in a transnational media space. However, the discussion on transnational media and media activism is particularly related to the national contexts of Britain and Sweden, two countries in which important actors in the transnational struggle against apartheid had their base. An important focus in the analysis on the relations between the anti-apartheid movement and the established media in this book is the role of certain ‘events’.

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