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The Other Side of Freedom

Stories of Hope and Loss in the South African Liberation Struggle, 1950-1994

Gregory Houston (author) Shepi Mati (author)
Hangwelani Magidimisha (author)
Elmé Vivier (author)
Mojalefa Dipholo (author)

ISBN: 9780796925572

Publication Date: Jun 2017

Format: Paperback

Presents a compilation of 26 profiles of a diverse selection of activists and leaders in the South African liberation struggle, framed between an introduction, a brief chronological account of the liberation struggle between 1950 and 1994, and a conclusive analysis of the autobiographical accounts as well as their legacy.
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After more than twenty years of democracy in South Africa, the history of the liberation struggle is losing relevance in the national consciousness as the country grapples with the pressing challenges of poverty,inequality and unemployment.

Nevertheless, the liberation struggle spawned many heroes and heroines, some whose contributions have been captured in autobiographies, biographies, book chapters, books and journal articles. There are manymore heroes and heroines that are mere footnotes in the vast historiography of the liberation struggle –whose recollections and reflections are recorded in the words of the authors and their names acknowledged as sources in footnotes. The names of a larger number are not mentioned and do not feature even as footnotes in any publication on the history of the struggle.

The book Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the South African Liberation Struggle presents a compilation of 26 profiles of a diverse selection of activists and leaders in the liberation struggle, framed between an introduction, a brief chronological account of the liberation struggle between 1950 and 1994, and a conclusive analysis of the autobiographical accounts as well as their legacy.

The chapters present a better and fuller portrait of several unsung heroes and heroines of the South African liberation struggle by penetrating beyond the deeds, ideals, sacrifices, glory and greatness to examine individual human beings who are still living, and their recollections of others who have passed on.
Pages 308
Dimensions 240 x 168
Date Published 30 Jun 2017
Publisher HSRC Press
Subject/s Social issues & processes   National liberation & independence, post-colonialism   Biography & True Stories  
Gregory Houston is a chief research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council and research fellow ofthe History department, University of the Free State, and holds an MA in political studies from the Universityof the Witwatersrand and a PhD in political science from the University of Natal.

Shepi Mati worked for 11 years as producer and later manager of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa(IDASA). He has also freelanced for broadcasters such as SABC, BBC and Deutsche Welle International and foronline publication the Journalist. He comes armed with experience in teaching broadcast journalism fromCape Peninsula University of Technology. He teaches the JMS 3 Radio course this year.

Hangwelani Magidimisha is a former researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council and is currently aFaculty Member of the Town Planning Department, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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