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Author Buntman, Fran Lisa
Title Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003
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Note Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Abbreviations -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction -- Overview -- Contributions -- Methodology -- 2 Politics and Prison -- Political Context -- Apartheid and Resistance: 1948 to the Early 1960s -- Prosecuting and Persecuting Government Enemies -- Robben Island in the 1960s and Early 1970s -- The Renewal of Resistance in the 1970s -- Resistance and Reform After 1976 -- The 1980s: Insurrectionary Politics and a Defensive State -- From Pass Laws to Political Imprisonment -- The International Context -- 3 Resistance for Survival -- Overview of Prison Conditions: 1963-1991 -- The Prison and Its Population -- Releases and the Prison After February 1990 -- First Stages of Struggle - Overcoming Brutal Conditions -- Systematic Racism and Brutality -- Support for and the Beginning of Sustained Resistance -- Resistance and the Redefinition of Basic Limits to State Power -- 4 Resistance Beyond Survival -- Robben Island's Life World -- Academic Education -- Constraints on Academic Education -- Sport and Recreation -- Escape -- The Costs of Conviction -- 5 Prisoner Politics and Organization on Robben Island -- Foundations of Prisoner Politics -- The Political Prisoner Community -- The Underground in Prison -- Interorganizational Relationships -- The Struggle for a Collective Voice -- Interorganizational Communication -- News and Political Education -- The Question of PAC-ANC Unity -- The Liberation Movements and Political Organizations on Robben Island -- The ANC on Robben Island -- Debates and DivisionsWithin the ANC -- The PAC on Robben Island -- Debates and Divisions Within the PAC -- The BCM on Robben Island -- Debates and Divisions Within the BCM -- 6 Debates and Disagreements -- How Best to Resist? -- Generational Conflict and Strategic and Categorical Resistance
The Relationship Between Generational and Organizational Conflict -- Recruitment -- Conflict and the Nature of the Robben Island Community -- 7 Influencing South African Politics -- The Robben Island Legacy -- Limits to the Influence of Robben Island -- Robben Island as a Beacon in the Struggle -- The Subterranean Influence of Former Robben Islanders -- Rejuvenating Organizations -- Robben Island and the Exile Organizations -- Politicizing in Detention Cells -- Shifting the Political Landscape -- Generations -- A Return to Congress Tradition Hegemony -- Unions and Politics -- The KwaZulu-Natal Conflict -- Negotiation -- Unsung Heroes and the New Elite -- 8 Political Imprisonment and the State -- Professionalism and Prison Administration -- The Vengeful 1960s and 1970s -- Prisons Service Reform -- Professionalization and the Prisons Service -- Warders and State Intent -- The Security Section -- National and International Focus on Political Prisoners -- Key Personalities -- Exchange, Dialogue, and (Pre)negotiation -- Agitators and Revolutionaries: The Focus on Mandela -- Interchanges and Visitors: The 1960s and 1970s -- Conversations with "Other" Prisoners -- Negotiating the End of Apartheid from Mandela's Prison Cell -- Dialogue and Negotiation to Exit the Prison -- The Catch-Twenty-Twos of Repression -- 9 Theorizing Islander Resistance -- Norms and Institutions of Rule -- Homosexuality -- Political Realities Versus Political Thought? -- From "State of Nature" to "Social Contract" -- Resistance and Power -- Resistances and Their Material Context -- Resistance as Survival -- Resistance as Dignity and Self-Consciousness -- Resistance as Open Challenge -- Resistance as Reducing State Power or Defeating the Oppressor's End -- Resistance as the Appropriation of Power (or Move Toward Appropriating Power) -- Challenging Binaries and Dualities
10 Beyond Robben Island: Comparisons and Conclusion -- Comparisons -- Resistance for Survival -- Resistance as Dignity and Self-Consciousness -- From "Dirty Protest" to Hunger Strikes to the Death: From Resistance as Open Challenge to Resistance as Transformation -- Resistance as Reducing State Power or Defeating the Oppressor's End -- Resistance as the Appropriation of Power (or Move Toward Appropriating Power) -- An Aside on Nonpolitical Imprisonment -- From Prison to Parliament: Robben Island's Legacy Beyond Apartheid -- appendix i Diagrams of Robben Island Prison -- appendix ii Methodological Notes on Oral and Archival Sources -- appendix iii Capsule Biographies of Interview Respondents -- Select Bibliography -- Archival Collections -- Government Documents -- Interviews conducted by Fran Buntman -- Secondary Sources -- Dissertations -- Videos -- Index
This book reconstructs the Robben Island inmates' resistance strategies
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Buntman, Fran Lisa Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,c2003 9780521809931
Subject Blacks - South Africa - Robben Island - Political activity
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