Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid
Robben Island prison in South Africa held thousands of black political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, who opposed apartheid. This study reconstructs the inmates' resistance strategies to demonstrate how they created a political and social order behind bars. Although survival was their primary goal, challenging apartheid was their ultimate objective. Robben Island was continually transformed by its political inmates into a site of resistance, despite being designed to repress.
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Introduction Prison as a Source of Politics
Politics and Prison A Background
Resistance for Survival
Resistance Beyond Survival
Prisoner Politics and Organization on Robben Island
Debates and Disagreements
Influencing South African Politics
Political Imprisonment and the State
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