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Title: Practices of Solidarity: Opposing Apartheid in the Centre of London
Authors: Brown, Gavin Phillip
Yaffe, Helen
First Published: 1-Aug-2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Editorial Board of Antipode
Citation: Antipode, 2013, in press
Abstract: International solidarity is frequently presented as an asymmetrical flow of assistance travelling from one place to another. In contrast, we theorise the more complex, entangled and reciprocal flows of solidarity that serve to enact social change in more than one place simultaneously. The international campaign against apartheid was one of the most widespread, sustained social movements of the last century. This paper examines the spatial practices of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London (1986–1990). Drawing on archival and interview material, we examine how the Picket produced solidarity with those resisting apartheid in South(ern) Africa. We argue that how the need for anti-apartheid solidarity was framed politically cannot be understood in isolation from how it was performed in practice. The study of solidarity is enriched by paying attention to the micropolitics of the practices through which it is enacted and articulated through key sites.
DOI Link: 10.1111/anti.12037
ISSN: 0066-4812
eISSN: 1467-8330
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Antipode © 2013 Antipode Foundation Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. The definitive version is available at
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