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Publication Date

Spring 2008

Program Name

South Africa: Multiculturalism and Social Change

Abstract

This study looks to develop an understanding of how marginalized communities throughout South Africa are bettering their own lives. A number of them have mobilized, some in larger numbers than others, to form a wide range of social movement organizations in the country. This paper uses one such movement, the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, as a case study to examine how social movements have developed in post-apartheid South Africa. This paper will look at strategies utilized, obstacles faced and some of the people behind the Anti-Eviction Campaign to better understand its role in the mobilization and empowerment of local communities. Additionally, I will be examining national civic engagement in South Africa and the Anti Eviction Campaign's role in a larger social movement. Research for the paper was compiled using interviews, participant observation and a review of secondary sources such as local newspapers and peer-reviewed articles.

Disciplines

Public Policy | Social Welfare

 

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