Transitions in Namibia: Which Change for Whom?

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The first volume on "Re-examining liberation in Namibia" (2003) concentrated on the political culture since Independence. This second collection of essays, which completes the research, adds to the widely recognized and praised effort to critically assess the achievements and failures of the erstwhile German and South African colony under a liberation movement in political power.

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Overview

The first volume on "Re-examining liberation in Namibia" (2003) concentrated on the political culture since Independence. This second collection of essays, which completes the research, adds to the widely recognized and praised effort to critically assess the achievements and failures of the erstwhile German and South African colony under a liberation movement in political power.

It complements the preceding collection by mainly assessing the material aspects of decolonization and its limitations with reference to the empirical social realities. The contributors are scholars and civil society activists mainly based in Namibia or working extensively on and in the country. Their analyses are guided by a commitment to the Namibian people and the declared goals of social emancipation as formulated during the anti-colonial struggle. The chapters deal with legal aspects of the new system, the strategies of a new elite, the continued social disparities, forms of exploitation and marginalization, land as a contested issue, the integration of ex-combatants, the role of youth, decentralization and regional development, urban deprivation, HIV/Aids, gendered violence and other forms of discrimination.

The insights add to the body of knowledge concerning negotiated and controlled change with a transfer of political power to former liberation movements particularly in Southern Africa. It is thought-provoking when it comes to the necessary reflections on the limits to liberation and is of interest and use to scholars, activists and practitioners alike.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789171065827
  • Publisher: Nordic Africa Institute, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Henning Melber is Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. He was Research Director of the Nordic Africa Institute and co-ordinator of the project “Liberation and Democracy in Southern Africa” (2000–2006) and Director of the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek (1992–2000).

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Table of Contents


Preface     5
Transitions in Namibia - Namibia in transition: An introductory overview     7
History and the armed struggle: From anti-colonial propaganda to 'patriotic history'?     13
Commercial land reforms in postcolonial Namibia: What happened to liberation struggle rhetoric?     29
Between politics and the shop floor: Which way for Namibia's labour movement?     50
Liberated economy?: The case of Ramatex Textiles Namibia     65
Old ties or new shackles?: China in Namibia     94
Poverty, politics, power and privilege: Namibia's black economic elite formation     110
Out of order?: The margins of Namibian ex-combatant 'reintegration'     130
Imagining post-apartheid society and culture Playfulness, officialdom and civility in a youth elite club in northern Namibia     153
Regional development and decentralisation     173
Caprivi under old and new indirect rule Falling off the map or a 19th century dream come true?     190
Ideas about equality in namibian family law     209
HIV/AIDS in Namibia: Gender, class and feminist theory revisited     230
Decolonising sexuality     245
Biographical notes on the authors     261
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