From Comrades to Citizens

The South African Civics Movement and the Transition to Democracy

  • Glenn Adler
  • Jonny Steinberg

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

About this book


In the 1980s South Africa's urban townships exploded into insurrection led by youth and residents' organisations that collectively became known as the civics movement. Ironically the movement has been unable to adapt to the role of a voluntary association in the liberal polity it helped create, and has great difficulty defining any alternative role. This volume charts the rise and fall of the movement in the transition to and consolidation of democracy in South Africa.


Africa Civic Activism democracy Institution organization participation political participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Glenn Adler
    • 1
  • Jonny Steinberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Sociology of Work UnitUniversity of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for the Study of Violence and ReconciliationJohannesburgSouth Africa

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