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Ideas and political mobilization in Africa.

Heffernan, Anne (2019) 'Ideas and political mobilization in Africa.', in Oxford research encyclopedia of politics. .

Abstract

Ideas play a key role in political mobilization around the world, and often ideas travel cross-nationally. It is important to recognize the diverse influences and iterative processes that produce political ideologies and influence mobilization. The sociological literature on diffusion offers scholars a framework for thinking about and recognizing the channels through which ideas move. When tracing such channels, scholars must also be cognizant of the ways that movement of this sort affects ideas and ideologies themselves; international concepts will always be read through domestic lenses, and local realities prompt reinterpretation of global ideas. The Black Consciousness Movement offers a case study to analyze some key channels through which global ideas moved and impacted a university student movement in 1970s South Africa. Influenced by anti-colonialism and antiracism discourses originating in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States, Black Consciousness thinkers took these ideas and refashioned them into their own ideology. They used relational networks as well as channels like art, theatre, fashion, and development projects to mobilize a constituency and to propagate their own ideas, which have endured beyond the end of the formal Black Consciousness Movement

Item Type:Book chapter
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Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1353
Publisher statement:Heffernan, Anne (2019). Ideas and Political Mobilization in Africa. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press, https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1353
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Date deposited:28 August 2019
Date of first online publication:30 July 2019
Date first made open access:30 July 2021

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