Much of the work on the human rights advocacy focuses on how domestic actors successfully transnationalize to influence targets beyond borders. In contrast, this paper focuses on how international society influences domestic movements. I bring together international relations and social movement theories to explore the avenues through which domestic movements can benefit from - or be harmed by - global connections. This requires looking at relatively unsuccessful as well as successful movements, in this case, variants of ethnic and secular nationalism in South Africa. Overall, I stress the importance of legitimation as a neglected dimension of power in the international system.
- International norms
- South Africa
- Transnational social movements
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Political Science and International Relations