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Title:Constraints on the development of liberal ideas and practices in colonial Namibia
Author:Botha, Christo
Periodical:Journal of Namibian Studies (ISSN 1863-5954)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:colonial administration
race relations
human rights
Abstract:This paper shows how the nature of colonial rule and the attitude of white Namibians made the development of a liberal culture of tolerance and cooperation almost impossible in Namibia. However, there is also evidence of a movement amongst certain individuals and groups to assert their inalienable rights to human dignity and freedom from oppression especially since the 1970s. This cannot be seen as an initiative to promote broad-based liberal political and civil values in an institutional context, but it was of great significance for engendering a spirit of hope in the face of oppression. This paper is followed by another - in Journal of Namibian Studies vol. 14 - which examines initiatives to promote contacts between white and black people in Namibia and create conditions for the realization of liberal values such as the rule of law, protection of property and consent of the governed. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]