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Title:Part special issue: South Africa in transition
Authors:Robinson, Jason
Steinberg, JonnyISNI
Simon, DavidISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:1-107
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political change
democratization
nation building
constitutional courts
traditional rulers
universities
abortion
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjss20/42/1
Abstract:There is an increasing sense in South Africa that the settlement reached in 1994 was not so much the foundation of a new order as a holding operation, keeping in abeyance a host of unresolved issues in regard to economic distribution and race relations. Concealed beneath the ANC's continued electoral dominance is a diminution of its authority and, indeed, of the authority of a host of the new order's institutions. In April 2014, academics from across Europe, North America and South Africa came together at the University of Oxford to probe the nature of the South African settlement 20 years on from its founding election. This part special issue represents a snippet of the analyses that emerged from this conference, occurring on the eve of South Africa's fifth national democratic contest. How successfully have democratic institutions been able to shift long-standing structural features in society? How have the aspirations of those who fought for liberation and equality fared relative to those of the 40 per cent of the population born since 1994, who have no experience of minority rule? Contributions: South Africa in transition: introduction (Jason Robinson, Jonny Steinberg, David Simon); Constitutional courts as democratic consolidators: insights from South Africa after 20 years (Theunis Roux); Understanding the resurgence of traditional authorities in post-apartheid South Africa (Andrew Ainslie, Thembela Kepe); Transcending the past and reimagining the future of the South African University (Adam Habib); The era of ineluctability? Post-apartheid South Africa after 20 years of democratic elections (David Everatt); Apartheid's afterlives: violence, policing and the South African State (Gary Kynoch); The culture of illegal abortion in South Africa (Rebecca Hodes); Twenty years of social cohesion and nation-building in South Africa (Caryn Abrahams). Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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