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dc.contributor.authorAllsobrook, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-15T13:56:14Z
dc.date.available2016-07-15T13:56:14Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationAllsobrook, C. (2015). The value of ideal theory in the freedom charter disobedience. Journal for Contemporary History, 40(2), 133-155.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0285-2422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0509 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/3339
dc.description.abstractThe following article responds to a realist critique of ideal theory in the “official” liberal democratic account of civil disobedience classically offered by John Rawls. The shortcomings the critical theorist, Robin Celikates (2014:236), identifies in Rawls’s account follow, “at least, in part, from treating ideal theory as an independent starting point and working towards a definition of this decidedly nonideal political practice from there”. The research aims, firstly, to identify and to explain a significant weakness in “new realist” political theory, and, secondly, to offer direction from our recent historical past to contemporary struggles for social justice in South Africa today, which suffer from such weakness in practice. The Freedom Charter is identified as the embodiment of a set of ethical ideals which exceeds but which may complement Tully’s approach. . Mainstream historical sources are used, firstly, to identify a serious shortcoming with a dominant approach in political theory, and, secondly, to identify a significant factor that frustrates the effectiveness of “service delivery” protests today.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectCivil disobedienceen_ZA
dc.subjectProtesten_ZA
dc.subjectIdeal theoryen_ZA
dc.subjectNew realismen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth African politicsen_ZA
dc.subjectFreedom Charteren_US
dc.subjectRawlsen_ZA
dc.subjectTullyen_ZA
dc.titleThe value of ideal theory in the freedom charter disobedienceen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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