Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 July 2020

Abstract and Keywords

As popular resistance against apartheid swelled in many townships during the mid-1980s, it was the country’s youth who rose to the forefront of the struggle, engaging in both nonviolent resistance and militant confrontation with the apartheid state. Initial academic work on South African youth politics sought to document their centrality to the liberation movement and counter state-sponsored stereotypes of them as destructive and violent. Research stressed that the youth were not a monolithic “lost generation” but an incredibly diverse group, who included everyone from precocious activists to opportunist criminals. Today, the youth of South Africa’s past have once again become a key topic of academic inquiry, as many of the structural condition [stet] that led to the youth uprising of the 1980s, such as unemployment, poor-quality education, and high rates of violent crime, did not disappear with the end of apartheid and continue to inflame contemporary politics. Yet our understanding of the youth of the 1980s remains incomplete, particularly when it comes to their involvement in violence, gender, and female youth, and those who were not involved in the liberation struggle.

Keywords: Youth, politics, apartheid, violence, gender, South Africa, age

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.