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Title:David and two Goliaths: the prophetic church as civil society in South Africa
Author:Simpson, Deborah
Year:2015
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:49
Issue:2
Pages:249-266
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Church
civil society
1980-1989
1990-1999
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2014.971836
Abstract:This article explores how and why the church in South Africa became an important civil society space and actor at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle and yet its civil society role declined following the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC) and the release of political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela. It does this by engaging in a discussion of the nature of the South African church as civil society, followed by a consideration of the church's role at various points during the democratic transition. Specifically, it explores the church as a 'site of struggle' during the late stages of the anti-apartheid struggle, as engaging in mediation and negotiation during the democratic transition, and as returning to a predominantly religious organisation in the post-apartheid era. It concludes with a discussion of the reasons for and implications of the church's decreased role in public and political life following the transition from apartheid to non-racial democracy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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