Young Warriors: Youth Politics, Identity and Violence in South Africa

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NYU Press, 2001 - History - 171 pages

Much has been written about South Africa's “lost generation” —the generation of politicized youth who dedicated their lives to the liberation of a nation, and who have “lost” everything in the process. Young Warriors is about this generation, but it is also a critique of the very concept of a “lost generation.” It is the story of activists who have become leaders, provincial premiers and national ministers in our democratic society. While focusing on the lives of the men and women who lived in Diepkloof, a black “township” in South Africa, it is also the narrative of many black South Africans who “grew up” in the organizations of the ANC-led liberation movement.

 

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Contents

Why did Comrade Vuyani Mabaxa have to die?
1
White woman in Little Beirut
9
Children of the forced removals Diepkloof and its youth
19
Organise and mobilise The emergence of youth
35
Becoming a comrade
49
There is nothing left for the youth Youth organisations
65
We cannot die alone Engaging in collective violence
87
We are fighting for the liberation of our people
115
Did Vuyani Mabaxa die in vain?
129
Theorising Diepkloof youth
140
The Freedom Charter
154
Index
168
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Monique Marks is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Natal, Durban

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