South Africa, in Transition to What?

South Africa, in Transition to What?

South Africa, in Transition to What?

South Africa, in Transition to What?

Synopsis

The contributors come from a range of backgrounds, but meet one imperative qualification: residence or repeated physical presence in South Africa. By bringing together this notable collection of authors, Kitchen impresses upon readers (especially Americans) that the South Africa that will emerge from today's strife will be determined primarily by internal factors. As this volume notes, recent evidence suggests that externally devised initiatives can affect but not mandate how or whether South Africa's fractured society can find a way to avoid a lemmings scenario.

Excerpt

South Africa is clearly a country in transition -- but in transition to what? Analysts (as well as advocates across the racial, political, economic, and ideological spectrum) are becoming increasingly cautious in their citations of analogies and their predictions of this divided nation's destiny.

Each of the chapters in this book focuses on specific segments of the jigsaw puzzle from which South Africa's future, for better or worse, will be assembled. The authors come from a range of geographical and professional bases, but meet one imperative qualification: residence or repeated physical presence in South Africa. We are looking here through prisms focused on the whys and wherefores of South Africa as seen from within.

Although none of the chapters address directly the issue of United States policy, one of the objectives of publishing this particular collection is to impress upon readers (especially Americans) that the South Africa that emerges from today's strife will be primarily determined by internal factors. Evidence has accumulated over the past two years that Eminent Persons interlocutors, "constructive engagement," distinguished Advisory Committees, made-in-Washington "comprehensive" anti-apartheid legislation, disinvestment, selective economic and diplomatic sanctions by . . .

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