The ANC underground in South Africa
2008 (English)Book (Other academic)
It is commonly held that the ANC -after its banning in 1960 and the imprisonment of its leaders - largely disappeared off the face of South Africa until public support for it revived in the wake of the Soweto uprising of 1976. This book takes issue with that view. Drawing on substantial oral testimony, Raymond Suttner develops a convincing case that internally based activist, sometimes working independently of the ANC in exile and sometimes in combination, were able to reconstitute networks within South Africa after the organisation's banning. He discusses the broad features of their secret underground work, the impact it had on their personal lives, and the opportunities that were presented for both bravery and abuse. One of the distinctive features of his approach is its treatment of such illegal activity through a gendered lens. Suttner concludes by exploring the dominant position which the ANC had established by the 1970s (partly through underground activity), enabling it to become the prime political beneficiary of the Soweto uprising and ultimately creating the conditions for a negotiated settlement in South Africa.
The early underground: From the M-Plan to Rivonia
The reconstitution of the SACP asan underground organisation
The ANC underground betweeen Rivonia and 1976
The character of underground work
Gendering the underground
Revolutionary morality and the suppression of the personal
The re-establishment of ANC hegemony after 1976
List of interviews
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Auckland Park, South Africa: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet and Jacana Media , 2008, 1. , 256 p.
African National Congress, South African Communist Party, politics, political participation, political history, political parties, national liberation movements, anti-apartheid movements, anti-apartheid activists, South Africa
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-9ISBN: 978-1-77009-597-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-9DiVA: diva2:219081