'Scottish Exceptionalism?' Trade Unions and the Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1976-1994

'Scottish Exceptionalism?' Trade Unions and the Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1976-1994

Author: 
Fevre, Christopher
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2018
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Journal of Southern African Studies
Source: 
Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2019, pp. 525-542
Abstract: 

Since the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994, historians have begun to explore the role played by the various Anti-Apartheid Movements (AAM) that developed globally in the latter half of the 20th century, although much more work remains to be done. While scholars have begun to explore the history of anti-apartheid opposition in Britain, there has not yet been any systematic study of this within a Scottish context. Such an omission overlooks the fact that activists in Scotland took the decision in 1976 to form the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (SAAM), thereby charting their own path within the global struggle to end apartheid. In addressing the question of 'Scottish exceptionalism', this article argues for the development of a distinctly Scottish scholarship pertaining to the history of anti-apartheid activism in Britain. It adopts a case-study approach, examining trade union involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle and asking whether this was uniform across Britain. Through a comparative analysis of the responses of both the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), it is argued that, in terms of its support for the liberation movements within South Africa and the AAM in Britain and Scotland, the STUC was, for much of the second half of the 20th century, significantly more forthcoming than its southern counterpart in the cause of anti-apartheid.

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CITATION: Fevre, Christopher. 'Scottish Exceptionalism?' Trade Unions and the Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1976-1994 . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2018. Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2019, pp. 525-542 - Available at: http://library.au.int/scottish-exceptionalism-trade-unions-and-anti-apartheid-movement-1976-1994