THE ROAD TO SOWETO, resistance and the uprising of 16 June 1976

: Brown (J.)

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204pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016


First published in the UK and USA.

Julian Brown challenges the understanding that the Soweto Uprising arose out of a period of political quiescence by examining the emergence of new forms of politics, ideology and public protest in the decade before 1976.

"[The Road to Soweto] throws new light on the background to the Soweto Uprising, providing insight into white and black student politics, worker protest and broader dissent." William Beinart, University of Oxford

"An extremely important contribution to the historiography on protest in South Africa. It links black and white student protests (too often studied in isolation from one another) to workers' movements by looking at the changing forms of protest during the 1960s and 1970s, and the apartheid government's changing responses." Anne Hefferman, University of the Witwatersrand

Julian Brown is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also the author of South Africa's Insurgent Citizens: on dissent and the possibility of politics (2015).