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Black Consciousness in South Africa
The Dialectics of Ideological Resistance to White Supremacy
Black Consciousness in South Africa
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Robert Fatton Jr. - Author
SUNY Series in African Politics and Society
Price: $56.50 
Hardcover - 189 pages
Release Date: January 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-127-3
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-127-1

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Paperback - 189 pages
Release Date: January 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-129-X
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-129-5

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Summary

Black Consciousness in South Africa provides a new perspective on black politics in South Africa. It demonstrates and assesses critically the radical character and aspirations of African resistance to white minority rule.

Robert Fatton analyzes the development and radicalization of South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement from its inception in the late 1960s to its banning in 1977. He rejects the widely accepted interpretation of the Black Consciousness Movement as an exclusively cultural and racial expression of African resistance to racism. Instead Fatton argues that over the course of its existence, the Movement developed a revolutionary ideology capable of challenging the cultural and political hegemony of apartheid. The Black Consciousness Movement came to be a synthesis of class awareness and black cultural assertiveness. It represented the ethico-political weapon of an oppressed class struggling to reaffirm its humanity through active participation in the demise of a racist and capitalist system.

“A fine analysis of the theoretical underpinnings of the ideologies of African nationalist movements in South Africa. It adds an important dimension to our understanding of the thought processes involved in and basic to these movements.” — Gwendolen M. Carter, University of Florida, Gainesville

Robert Fatton, Jr., is Assistant Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, at the University of Virginia


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Chapter I Black Consciousness from a Historical Perspective

Chapter II Ideology, The Black Consciousness Movement, and Social Change in South Africa

Chapter III The Growth and Definition of the Black Consciousness Movement

Chapter IV Class, Blackness, and Economics

Chapter V Black Theology

Chapter VI Conclusions and Assessments

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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