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War in WorcesterYouth and the Apartheid State$
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Pamela Reynolds

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823243099

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823243099.001.0001

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Turning and Being Turned

Turning and Being Turned

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(p.108) Three Turning and Being Turned
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War in Worcester
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Pamela Reynolds

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823243099.003.0004

The chapter is about betrayal as an indicator of the nature of the context within which a stand was made. It is about protest under close surveillance against powerful odds, with minimal resources and dire consequences. It depicts the everyday nature of the lives of youth in revolt against the government, from the base of a small rural town. The chapter touches on a specific aspect of a state's tactics in controlling revolt; on the character of youths’ resistance, their resources, the obstacles they faced, their experiences, and the consequences. The story of twins is told to reflect on issues of self-governance that entailed the holding of relationships under conditions of deep crisis, when choice, blame, guilt, forgiveness, revenge, and fidelity were matters of daily concern. Their story is supplemented by incidents of betrayal experienced by others in the group and a glance at a summary of betrayal in the TRC's Report. The young, in accord with the aims of the liberation organizations, determined to cause the apartheid regime's demise. A great obstacle to the success of their endeavors, apart from the power of the state and the reach of its order, was betrayal—the treachery of another. The issue of betrayal is the obverse of the issue of trust. Each of the young men depended on trust to achieve anything at all and to stay as safe as possible, but each lived with the consciousness that trust could easily be compromised—compromised by extreme suffering (emotional, physical, and psychological) and carefully wrought patterns of disinformation.

Keywords:   betrayal, context, weapon of war, resistance, resources, obstacles, experiences, consequences, self-governance, relationships, blame, quilt, forgiveness, revenge, fidelity, trust, consciousness, disinformation, compromise, dependence, reflection

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