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Author Moloi, Tshepo, author

Title Place of Thorns : Black political protest in Kroonstad since 1976 / Tshepo Moloi
Published Johannesburg : Wits University Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (x, 217 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Summary "Place of Thorns: Black Political Protest in Kroonstad since 1976, is a landmark study that examines the tumultuous and often fractious politics in Kroonstad's black townships. In spite of the town's relative obscurity, the author demonstrates a rich tradition of civic and political life in its townships and provides a persuasive explanation for the violence unleashed in the 1990s after decades of relative political 'quiescence'. Based on scores of life history interviews, the book illustrates a shift in the political mood from 1976 onwards. Inspired by the philosophies of Black Consciousness and the Congress movement, students developed a radical attitude and they spearheaded and shaped political protests in the townships up to the 1990s. However, tensions between the local civic associations and the regional and national ANC leadership ultimately cost the ANC the first democratic local government elections in Kroonstad. As a work of revisionist history, this book showcases South Africa's nuanced liberation history that unfolded in smaller, less known places."--Publisher's description:
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Government, Resistance to -- South Africa -- Kroonstad
Political activists -- South Africa -- Kroonstad
Black people -- South Africa -- Kroonstad -- Politics and government
Protest movements -- South Africa -- Kroonstad
HISTORY -- Africa -- General.
Black people -- Politics and government
Government, Resistance to
Political activists
Politics and government
Protest movements
Kroonstad (South Africa) -- Politics and government
Kroonstad (South Africa) -- History
South Africa -- Kroonstad
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781868146888