This paper explores the role that social movements play in weakening the racial hierarchies that continue to persist in contemporary United States and South Africa. A theoretical analysis of the function of social movements is followed by an historical survey of the racial hierarchies within these two countries, with particular attention paid to the countries’ respective eras of institutionalized racism characterized by the Jim Crow and Apartheid periods. After which, police brutality and service delivery are used to exemplify the structural racism that endures in each of these societies. These two issues also serve as the most galvanizing issues for provoking social movements in the United States and South Africa.
Swoy, Madison, "Violence without Verdicts: A Comparative Analysis of Social Movements and Race Relations in the United States and South Africa" (2015). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6952.
Comparative Politics | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social movement, race relations, South African politics, police brutality, toilet wars, United States politics
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar
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