Arts, apartheid struggles, and cultural movements

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This study i) briefly sketches some anti-apartheid arts initiatives of the 1980s; ii) examines the anti-apartheid academic common sense that assumed that “real struggle” could occur only within the labor movement; while iii) both are discussed in relation to early Afrikaner conservative cultural theory. The role of social theory within these sites of resistance is discussed. The article offers a lived methodology by including evocative observations from some social actors who participated in, and contributed to anti-apartheid art, drama and writing. The objective is to draw out debates on struggle rather than to offer a discussion of arts initiatives themselves. These are examined in terms of Albie Sachs’ pleas for discussion beyond the weaponization of art, one that restores the humanity robbed by apartheid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-358
Number of pages21
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019


  • Apartheid
  • arts
  • conservative cultural theory
  • culturalism
  • resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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