3-06 Apartheid in South Africa

COURSE 1, Field Guide #2

Case Study 06:

Apartheid in South Africa

6. Apartheid in South Africa

Historical apartheid in South Africa included harmful actions ranging from violence against individuals to legitimized or legalized oppression of entire demographic groups.

It also offers lessons on a range of resistance techniques by insiders and the international community (e.g., political, economic, cultural sanctions). Also unusual and instructive are the actions taken to heal the nation in the aftermath of apartheid through transparency and amnesty.

Media studies: Invictus shows how a significant change of direction by even one person going from violence to peace-making can facilitate far broader social impact. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom contrasts how similar suffering led to opposite leadership paths for Nelson and Winnie Mandela. For the process of repairing deep damages between the races, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission demonstrates why speaking the truth publicly about what happened must precede attempts at making things right, or else history may repeat itself. Wrong Side of the Bus gives a personal account of finally facing the psychological wounds of apartheid.

Research topics, discussion questions, and resource bibliographies for this case study are scheduled to be completed when Field Guide #2 is published, tentatively in 2019.

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