International legitimation of social movements: The rise and decline of ethnic nationalism in South Africa

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-172
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Politics
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006

Keywords

  • Ethnicity
  • International norms
  • Legitimation
  • Nationalism
  • South Africa
  • Transnational social movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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