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      Politics and Activism in the Water and Sanitation Wars in South Africa

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      Journal of Social and Political Psychology
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      social movements, activism, water and sanitation justice, citizenship, transitional justice

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          This paper focuses on the ways in which activism is undermined in the water and sanitation wars in South Africa. The paper extends previous work that has focused on the politics of water and sanitation in South Africa and is based on an analysis of talk between activists and stakeholders in a television debate. It attempts to make two arguments. First, activists who disrupt powerful discourses of active citizenship struggle to highlight water and sanitation injustices without their actions being individualised and party politicised. Second, in an attempt to claim a space for new social movements, activists paradoxically draw on common sense accounts of race, class, geography, dignity and democracy that may limit activism. The implications for water and sanitation activism and future research are discussed.

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                Journal
                JSPP
                J Soc Polit Psych
                Journal of Social and Political Psychology
                J. Soc. Polit. Psych.
                PsychOpen
                2195-3325
                21 December 2018
                2018
                : 6
                : 2
                : 543-555
                Affiliations
                [a ]Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg , Johannesburg, South Africa
                [2]London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
                Author notes
                [* ]Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg, PO Box 524, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2006, South Africa. bbarnes@ 123456uj.ac.za
                Article
                jspp.v6i2.917
                10.5964/jspp.v6i2.917
                1617a37c-e867-4679-8929-257760741a08
                Copyright @ 2018

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 3.0 License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                History
                : 18 January 2018
                : 28 September 2018
                Categories
                Special Thematic Section on "Rethinking Health and Social Justice Activism in Changing Times"

                Psychology
                citizenship,transitional justice,water and sanitation justice,activism,social movements
                Psychology
                citizenship, transitional justice, water and sanitation justice, activism, social movements

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