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Practices of Solidarity: Opposing Apartheid in the Centre of London

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posted on 2015-03-05, 10:19 authored by Gavin Brown, Helen Yaffe
International solidarity is frequently presented as an asymmetrical flow of assistance travelling from one place to another. In contrast, we theorise the more complex, entangled and reciprocal flows of solidarity that serve to enact social change in more than one place simultaneously. The international campaign against apartheid was one of the most widespread, sustained social movements of the last century. This paper examines the spatial practices of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London (1986-1990). Drawing on archival and interview material, we examine how the Picket produced solidarity with those resisting apartheid in South(ern) Africa. We argue that how the need for anti-apartheid solidarity was framed politically cannot be understood in isolation from how it was performed in practice. The study of solidarity is enriched by paying attention to the micropolitics of the practices through which it is enacted and articulated through key sites. © 2013 The Authors. Antipode © 2013 Antipode Foundation Ltd.

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This research was enabled by a Research Project Grant (RPG-072) from the Leverhulme Trust and a small grant from the Human Geography Research Fund at the University of Leicester.

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Citation

Antipode, 2014, 46 (1), pp. 34-52

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Geography/Human Geography

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Antipode

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Wiley, Editorial Board of Antipode

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0066-4812

eissn

1467-8330

Copyright date

2014

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2015-08-01

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anti.12037/abstract

Language

en

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