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Transformation from Below? : White Suburbia in the Transformation of Apartheid South Africa to Democracy

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Written from a political studies perspective, this is a case study of the social dynamics of two formerly white suburban neighborhoods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Both have seen demographic changes since the end of apartheid. The study is concerned with the idea that the lasting social and economic inequalities in South Africa may mean that individuals and groups with better education, confidence, and resources (generally white) dominate neighborhood politics and discussions of community development. The book focuses on the role of community-based organizations, schools, and religious institutions. The conclusion is that many structures for participation in neighborhood politics remain as they were built under apartheid, though these forms are being vigorously challenged. Race continues to be more important than class in power structures in the neighborhoods. The book considers possibilities for decentralization as a way to offer space for democratic participation and change apartheid-era ways of organizing space and social interaction. Black and white photos are included. Distributed by African Books Collective. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 178.0
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Demography
Format: Paperback
Publisher: African Books Collective
Author: Ursula Scheidegger
Language: English
Street Date: May 8, 2011
TCIN: 50533017
UPC: 9783905758580
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-0638

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