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South Africa Divestment Campaign

This assignment is due posted to Google Docs by 11:59 PM Saturday, December 21.  This assignment is worth 50 points.  500 word minimum. 

Divestment is an action in which a group of individuals in order to divest (sell)  pull support from a business (s).  The goal can vary, however in a political action sense, it is to ultimately punish bad behavior of an institution in order to change that institution’s behavior.  The term “Divestment Campaign” was first used in the 1980s, most commonly in the United States, to refer to the use of a concerted economic boycott designed to pressure the government of South Africa into abolishing its policy of apartheid. Since then, divestment campaigns have focused on countries and companies for their policies. 

For this assignment watch / listen to the three productions  below.  Like in our first assignment you’re free to move about in your google docs assessment.  However, I do want you to concentrate on the Polaroid piece – it was central to the success of the divestment movement.  What are your thoughts about the individuals involved and their influence on Polaroid..  Use the two follow up podcasts to talk about divestment historically in South Africa and divestment currently in regard to college campuses today.


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