Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Reynolds, Pamela. War in Worcester: Youth and the Apartheid State

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Reynolds, Pamela. War in Worcester: Youth and the Apartheid State

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Reynolds, Pamela. War in Worcester: Youth and the Apartheid State. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-08232-4310-5, pp.239.

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The South African government gave no mercy to young people who joined the struggle against the apartheid state; indeed, it targeted them. Security forces meted out cruel treatment to youth who rebelled, incarcerated even the very young under dreadful conditions, and used torture frequently, sometimes over long periods of time. Little is known, however, from the perspective of young fighters themselves about the efforts they made to sustain the momentum of struggle, how that affected and was affected by their other social bonds, and what they achieved in terms of growth and paid in terms of harm. This book combines a study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings on the stand taken by South African youth with extended fieldwork undertaken with fourteen young men who, starting in their schooldays, were involved in the struggle in a small town in the Western Cape. …

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