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Title:
South Africa : no turning back
Author:
Johnson, Shaun.
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xxiii, 390 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780253353955
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Book

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For the last 40 years, South African politics have linked conservative revolutionary forces in a complex balance of power. These 13 essays, by prominent British and South African analysts, explain the nature of the balance as of 1987. Papers on the African National Congress by Howard Barell and on resistance by black youth by Shaun Johnson demonstrate the vigor of opposition to apartheid, while discussions of the Afrikaner establishment by Stanley Uys and the South African police by John Brewer analyze elements of reform and reaction within the state. A most interesting essay on Inkatha, also by Brewer, and a piece by Christopher Coker on the business elite demonstrate the complexity of contemporary South Africa, as Zulu nationalism and capitalism maneuver to find advantage and security. Summimg up, Shulu Marks and Stanley Trapido perceive "an oppressive stalemate" among these elements. The resurgence of reform appearing with the new De Klerk government may show this conclusion to be an overly pessimistic one, or it may demonstrate once again apartheid's capacity to adjust without really changing. Whichever conclusion one draws, this book provides both scholars and the general public with an excellent basis for analyzing the current balance of power in South Africa. Upper-division undergraduates and general readers. -L. P. Frank, Roosevelt University