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Unfrozen ground : South Africa's contested spaces /
Maano Ramutsindela.
Aldershot ; Burlington : Ashgate, c2001.
ix, 102 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
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Aldershot ; Burlington : Ashgate, c2001.
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Long Description
Since the end of apartheid rule in South Africa much has been written on the nation's reconstruction in theoretical terms, while individual case studies have been examined to see how they reflect the transformation process. This book makes the vital link between the two types of analysis, firstly examining the national strategies of reconstruction and then looking at how they are implemented and contested locally. Various case studies explore issues of land reform and attempts by the new government to collapse racial barriers in space by re-mapping cities and towns. Such state-driven programmes provoke mixed reactions from the communities, often resulting in dispute. Focusing on spatial restructuring of rural areas, the book highlights the challenges of integrating traditional and modern power structures. It simultaneously captures the dynamics of socio-political change at national and local levels and provides an important analysis of the challenges of integration to one of the world's most divided societies.
Main Description
Examining state-driven programmes of land reform, this book provides an important examination of the transformation process in post-apartheid South Africa at both national and local levels. It captures the dynamics of socio-political change at national and local levels and provides an important analysis of integration in one of the world's most divided societies.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vi
List of Tablesp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Confronting the Past, Shaping the Futurep. 1
South Africa 'in Africa'p. 9
Nation-building in South Africap. 24
De-racializing the Landp. 39
Reconstructing Urban Spaces: A Disputed Terrainp. 57
The Legacy of Traditional Authoritiesp. 74
Conclusion: Into the Futurep. 88
Select Bibliographyp. 93
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