South Africa s Uneasy Alliance Book

South Africa s Uneasy Alliance


  • Author : Martin Plaut
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2012-10-31
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781868425556

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South Africa s Uneasy Alliance Excerpt :

The communist party in South Africa began as a revolutionary movement. In exile in the 1960s and 1970s it took on significance its numbers never warranted through its relationship with the Soviet Union and the weapons it brought to the armed struggle. Today it worries that it has been absorbed into the ANC machinery of government, without being able to retain its own identity. The unions of Cosatu were born out of the fight against poverty level wages of the 1970s. Their culture comes from the shop-floor and the democracy of the shop steward movement. They played a critical role in ending apartheid through their links with the United Democratic Front and the grassroots groups in the townships. African Nationalism, Marxism-Leninism and popular democracy are never easy ideological partners. Yet the Alliance has survived and flourished. The cost of this relationship has been endless disputes. While each element of the Alliance pledges its support for the greater good, it fights for its own corner. The history of post-apartheid South Africa is littered with examples of how this has been played out. The overthrow of President Thabo Mbeki by Jacob Zuma in 2007 would have been unthinkable without the complex web of relationships that were developed within the Alliance. As the ANC moves towards its elective conference in Mangaung in December 2012, tensions within the Alliance are at breaking point once more. In theory this is a purely internal ANC party issue. But candidates for the top job are battling it out and the support of the unions and the Communist Party is a critical element in their campaigns. These battles can only be understood in the context of the Alliance – an extraordinary but poorly understood movement.

Uneasy Alliance Book

Uneasy Alliance


  • Author : Hans Bak
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 367
  • ISBN 10 : 9042016116

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Uneasy Alliance Excerpt :

Uneasy Alliance illuminates the recent search in literary studies for a new interface between textual and contextual readings. Written in tribute to G.A.M. Janssens, the twenty-one essays in the volume exemplify a renewed awareness of the paradoxical nature of literary texts both as works of literary art and as documents embedded in and functioning within a writer's life and culture. Together they offer fresh and often interdisciplinary perspectives on twentieth-century American writers of more or less established status (Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, E.E. Cummings, Vladimir Nabokov, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, Michael Ondaatje, Toni Morrison and Sandra Cisneros) as well as on those who, for reasons of fashion, politics, ideology, or gender, have been unduly neglected (Booth Tarkington, Julia Peterkin, Robert Coates, Martha Gellhorn, Isabella Gardner, Karl Shapiro, the young Jewish-American writers, Julia Alvarez, and writers of popular crime and detective fiction). Exploring the fruitful interactions and uneasy alliance between literature and ethics, film, biography, gender studies, popular culture, avant-garde art, urban studies, anthropology and multicultural studies, together these essays testify to the ongoing pertinence of an approach to literature that is undogmatic, sensitive and sophisticated and that seeks to do justice to the complex interweavings of literature, culture and biography in twentieth-century American writing.

International Trade Policy and Class Dynamics in South Africa Book

International Trade Policy and Class Dynamics in South Africa


  • Author : Simone Claar
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-12-07
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319657141

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International Trade Policy and Class Dynamics in South Africa Excerpt :

This book provides an innovative perspective on class dynamics in South Africa, focusing specifically on how different interests have shaped economic and trade policy. As an emerging market, South African political and economic actions are subject to the attention of international trade policy. Claar provides an in-depth class analysis of the contradictory negotiation processes that occurred between South Africa and the European Union on Economic-Partnership Agreements (EPA), examining the divergent roles played by the political and economic elite, and the working class. The author considers their relationships with the new global trade agenda, as well as their differing standpoints on the EPA.

Pan African Chronology III Book

Pan African Chronology III


  • Author : Everett Jenkins, Jr.
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2001-06-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786445073

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Pan African Chronology III Excerpt :

This third volume of the Pan-African Chronology set covers 1914 through 1929, a time of two seminal events: World War I and the Black Awakening. In World War I, people of African descent fought for both sides, earning distinction on the battlefields of France as well as in the jungles and deserts of Africa. The "Black Awakening," a period from 1919 through 1929, marked the dawning of global awareness of the contributions of African people to the culture of the world. The book is arranged by year and events of each year are grouped by region. It also has two special biographical divisions for W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey.

AF Press Clips Book

AF Press Clips


  • Author : United States Department of State. Bureau of African Affairs
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1980
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105112127001

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AF Press Clips Book

AF Press Clips


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1982
  • Genre: Africa
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : OSU:32435020469474

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South Africa s Alternative Press Book
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South Africa s Alternative Press


  • Author : Les Switzer
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1997-02-13
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 0521553512

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South Africa s Alternative Press Excerpt :

Collection of essays on the South African alternative press from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Shadow of Liberation Book

Shadow of Liberation


  • Author : Vishnu Padayachee
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781776143979

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Shadow of Liberation Excerpt :

Shadow of Liberation explores the intricate twists, turns, contestations and compromises of ANC economic and social policymaking with a focus on the transition era of the 1990’s and the early years of democracy With the damning revelations by the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on the massive corruption of the South African body politic, the timing of this book could not be more relevant. South Africans need to confront the economic and social policy choices that the liberation movement made and to see how these decisions may have facilitated the conditions for corruption to emerge and flourish. Answers are needed. Padayachee and van Niekerk focus their attention on the primary question of how and why the ANC, given its historical anti-inequality, re-distributive stance, come in the 1990s, to such a dramatic turn around and move towards an essentially market-dominated approach. Were they pushed or did they go willingly? What role if any did Western governments and international financial institutions play? And what of the role of the late apartheid state and South African business? Did leaders and comrades ‘sell out’ the ANC’s emancipatory policy vision? Shadow of Liberation tries to provide answers to these questions drawing on the best available primary archival evidence as well as extensive interviews with key protagonists across the political, non-government and business spectrum. The authors argue that the ANC’s emancipatory policy agenda was broadly to establish a social democratic welfare state upholding rights of social citizenship. However its economic policy framework to realise this emancipatory mission was either non-existent or egregiously misguided.

Twentieth Century South Africa Book

Twentieth Century South Africa


  • Author : William Beinart
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2001-10-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191606748

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Twentieth Century South Africa Excerpt :

An innovative examination of the forces - both destructive and dynamic - which have shaped twentieth-century South Africa. This book provides a stimulating introduction to the history of South Africa in the twentieth century. It draws on the rich and lively tradition of radical history writing on that country and, to a greater extent than previous accounts, weaves economic and cultural history into the political narrative. Apartheid and industrialization, especially mining, are central theme, as is the rise of nationalism in the Afrikaner and African communities. But the author also emphasizes the neglected significance of rural experiences and local identities in shaping political consciousness. The roles played by such key figure as Smuts, Verwoerd, de Klerk, Plaatje, and Mandela are explored, while recent historiographical trends are reflected in analyses of rural protest, white cultural politics, the vitality of black urban life, and environmental decay. The book assesses the analysis of black reactions to apartheid, the rise of the ANC. The concluding chapter brings this seminal history up-to-date, tackling the issues and events from 1994-1999 - in particular the success of Mandela and the ANC in seeing through the end of apartheid rule. It also looks at the chances of a stable future for the new-found democracy in South Africa.

Who Rules South Africa  Book

Who Rules South Africa


  • Author : Martin Plaut
  • Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • Release Date : 2012-06-14
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9781868424269

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In this timely work, WHO RULES SOUTH AFRICA?, highly regarded authors Paul Holden and Martin Plaut analyse the political elites that battle daily for power in South Africa. They argue that power does not reside in traditional institutions such as Parliament or even the Cabinet. Rather, power lies within the ANC-led Alliance which, with no founding document and no written constitution, is an unstructured and mutable political hydra with business and criminal elements in close attendance. It is the interaction between these forces which is the real story behind post-apartheid South Africa. In a country where poverty is rampant and institutions are weak, the battle for power is set to intensify. The authors unravel the mystery of how the rainbow nation has reached such a pass. What are the origins of the Alliance, and will it survive the current power struggles? Who are the shadowy forces that operate within or alongside the Alliance? Most importantly, they seek to answer the burning question of whether South Africa is destined to become another African tragedy, or whether there is still the promise of growth and a stable democracy.

Participation of Young People in Governance Processes in Africa Book

Participation of Young People in Governance Processes in Africa


  • Author : Kurebwa, Jeffrey
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2019-06-28
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 9781522593904

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Participation of Young People in Governance Processes in Africa Excerpt :

Active political engagement requires the youth of today to begin their journeys now to be leaders of tomorrow. Young individuals are instrumental in providing valuable insight into issues locally as well as on a national and international level. Participation of Young People in Governance Processes in Africa examines the role of young peoples’ involvement in governance processes in Africa and demonstrates how they are engaging in active citizenship. There is an intrinsic value in upholding their right to participate in decisions that affect their daily lives and their communities, and the content within this publication supports this by focusing on topics such as good citizenship, youth empowerment, democratic awareness, political climate, and socio-economic development. It is designed for researchers, academics, policymakers, government officials, and professionals whose interests center on the engagement of youth in active citizenship roles.

Dictionary of African Historical Biography Book

Dictionary of African Historical Biography


  • Author : Mark R. Lipschutz
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 0520066111

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Dictionary of African Historical Biography Excerpt :

The acclaimed Dictionary of African Historical Biography, the only single-volume biographical work on Sub-Saharan African history, has been expanded and updated to include entries on over eight hundred people important in Sub-Saharan African history up to 1980. The acclaimed Dictionary of African Historical Biography, the only single-volume biographical work on Sub-Saharan African history, has been expanded and updated to include entries on over eight hundred people important in Sub-Saharan African history up to 1980.

South Africa s Weapons of Mass Destruction Book

South Africa s Weapons of Mass Destruction


  • Author : Helen E. Purkitt
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9780253217301

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South Africa's Weapons of Mass Destruction offers an in-depth view of the secret development and voluntary disarmament of South Africa's nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons program, Project Coast. Helen E. Purkitt and Stephen F. Burgess explore how systems used for nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in South Africa were acquired and established beyond the gaze of international and domestic political actors. On the basis of archival evidence from Project Coast and their own extensive interviews with military and political officials, Purkitt and Burgess consider what motivates countries to acquire and build such powerful weaponry and examine when and how decisions are made to dismantle a military arsenal voluntarily. Questions such as how to destroy weapons safely and keep them from reappearing on international markets are considered along with comparative strategies for successful disarmament in other nation-states.

The Church Struggle in South Africa Book

The Church Struggle in South Africa


  • Author : John W. de Gruchy
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2000-10-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781579105136

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The Church Struggle in South Africa Excerpt :

John W. de Gruchy entangles the complex story of the South African church, reviewing its history of past divisions. present positions on social issues and reflecting on the church's significance for the future.

The Ball is Round Book
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The Ball is Round


  • Author : David Goldblatt
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2007-08-30
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 992
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141911540

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THE DEFINITIVE, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BOOK ABOUT FOOTBALL 'Football conquered the world with its capacity to astonish, and this is its definitive history' The Independent There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final. In this extraordinary tour de force, David Goldblatt tells the full story of football's rise from chaotic folk ritual to the world's most popular sport. The Ball Is Round illuminates football's role in the political and social histories of modern societies, but never loses sight of the beauty, joy, and excitement of the game. ___________________________________ 'Goldblatt writes with authority, humour, and passion, not least in the accounts of famous or significant matches scattered throughout the book' Times Literary Supplement 'Since it became a worldwide phenomenon, nobody has attempted to write an overall history of the game. Now David Goldblatt's stunning book will be the measure against which all other such volumes are judged' The Guardian 'Goldblatt's magnum opus . . . Anyone with a brain and an interest in football will enjoy this book' The Daily Telegraph (London)