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A compelling account of South Africa’s post-Apartheid democracy

At a time when many democracies are under strain around the world, Until We Have Won Our Liberty shines new light on the signal achievements of one of the contemporary era’s most closely watched transitions away from minority rule. South Africa’s democratic development has been messy, fiercely contested, and sometimes violent. But as Evan Lieberman argues, it has also offered a voice to the voiceless, unprecedented levels of government accountability, and tangible improvements in quality of life.

Lieberman opens with a first-hand account of the hard-fought 2019 national election, and how it played out in Mogale City, a post-Apartheid municipality created from Black African townships and White Afrikaner suburbs. From this launching point, he examines the complexities of South Africa’s multiracial society and the unprecedented democratic experiment that began with the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994. While acknowledging the enormous challenges many South Africans continue to face—including unemployment, inequality, and discrimination—Lieberman draws on the country’s history and the experience of comparable countries to demonstrate that elected Black-led governments have, without resorting to political extremism, improved the lives of millions. In the context of open and competitive politics, citizens have gained access to housing, basic services, and dignified treatment to a greater extent than during any prior period.

Countering much of the conventional wisdom about contemporary South Africa, Until We Have Won Our Liberty offers hope for the enduring impact of democratic ideals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. On South African Racial Categories
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Until We Have Won Our Liberty
  1. 1. The Campaign: Communicating Frustration
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. Citizens Choose: Election Day in Mogale City
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. 3. The Value of Democracy
  2. pp. 49-68
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  1. 4. Before Democracy: Shaky Foundations
  2. pp. 69-101
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  1. 5. The Bold Experiment: Institutions for a Divided Society
  2. pp. 102-133
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  1. 6. Democracy after Mandela: A Stress Test
  2. pp. 134-168
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  1. 7. Prosperity: There Shall Be Houses, Security, and Comfort
  2. pp. 169-205
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  1. 8. Respect, Belonging, and Recognition
  2. pp. 206-238
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  1. 9. The Final Tallies
  2. pp. 239-260
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 261-266
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Author's Note on Primary Data and Analysis
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 275-304
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 305-316
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691203010
Related ISBN(s)
9780691203003, 9780691203218
MARC Record
OCLC
1330307513
Launched on MUSE
2022-06-19
Language
English
Open Access
No

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