Disaffection, Identity, Black Consciousness and a New Rector: An Exploratory Take on Student Activism at the University of the Western Cape, 1966-1976

This article examines student activism on the campus of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, addressing in particular the issues of disaffection, identity, and black consciousness. Focusing on the period from 1966 to early 1976, it investigates how students at UWC grappled with the political realities of the day, and to what extent they came to accept the activist thinking of the black consciousness (BC) movement. In asking these questions, the role of the first Coloured rector of UWC, Professor Richard Ernest van der Ross, who allowed students space in which to express themselves and to pursue their political aspirations, is also explored. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: Disaffection, Identity, Black Consciousness and a New Rector: An Exploratory Take on Student Activism at the University of the Western Cape, 1966-1976
Author: Thomas, Cornelius C.
Year: 2005
Periodical: South African Historical Journal
Issue: 54
Pages: 72-90
Language: English
Geographic term: South Africa
About person: Richard Ernest Van der Ross
External link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582470509464899
Abstract: This article examines student activism on the campus of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, addressing in particular the issues of disaffection, identity, and black consciousness. Focusing on the period from 1966 to early 1976, it investigates how students at UWC grappled with the political realities of the day, and to what extent they came to accept the activist thinking of the black consciousness (BC) movement. In asking these questions, the role of the first Coloured rector of UWC, Professor Richard Ernest van der Ross, who allowed students space in which to express themselves and to pursue their political aspirations, is also explored. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]