Fault Lines: Journeys into the New South Africa / Edition 1

Fault Lines: Journeys into the New South Africa / Edition 1

by David Goodman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520232038

ISBN-13: 9780520232037

Pub. Date: 04/29/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

South Africa has Experienced one of the world's most dramatic political transformations. David Goodman, a journalist and activist who has witnessed South Africa's struggles since the darkest days of apartheid, chronicles the historic transition from apartheid to democracy. This compelling story is told through the lives of four pairs of South Africans from opposite…  See more details below

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South Africa has Experienced one of the world's most dramatic political transformations. David Goodman, a journalist and activist who has witnessed South Africa's struggles since the darkest days of apartheid, chronicles the historic transition from apartheid to democracy. This compelling story is told through the lives of four pairs of South Africans from opposite sides of the racial and political divide. Taken together, the profiles provide the most intimate look yet at the social dynamics of post-apartheid South Africa. Part social history and part personal drama, Fault Lines is an account of what happens to real people when their country is reinvented around them. The struggle to reconcile past evils is captured in the stories of a former police assassin and his intended victim, whom he tried, but failed, to kill. The rise and fall of South African racism is portrayed through the lives of the late prime minister, H. F. Verwoerd - the notorious "architect of apartheid" - and his grandson, now a member of the ruling African National Congress. The battle to break out of poverty is detailed in the stories of two black women: one an impoverished domestic worker, the other a Mercedes-driving member of South Africa's new black elite. The struggle for the land is told through the eyes of two neighbors: a black farmer evicted from his lands in the 1980s who has returned to start over, and a conservative white farmer who participated in the eviction and now does business with the man whose life he nearly destroyed. These powerful stories are accompanied by the photography of award-winning South African documentary photographer Paul Weinberg.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232037
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/29/2002
Series:
Perspectives on Southern Africa Series
Edition description:
First Edition, Updated with a New Afterword
Pages:
428
Sales rank:
1,284,958
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Fault Lines1
Pt. 1Victim and Perpetrator
Victorious Victim23
The Vanquished Assassin77
Pt. 2The Odyssey of the Verwoerds
Architect of Apartheid133
Leaving the Laager170
Pt. 3Poor Woman, Rich Woman
"The Book of Apartheid Is Still Open"209
Apartheid Jujitsu Artist246
Pt. 4On the Land
Tense Peace in the Platteland283
Rising from the Ruins309
Conclusion: Unmaking Apartheid345
Afterword363
Notes379
Index393

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