Ethnic Power Mobilized: Can South Africa Change

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Ethnic Power Mobilized: Can South Africa Change

By Heribert Adam and Hermann Giliomee
Yale University Press, 1979
308 pp. $22.50

A Canadian political scientist and a South African historian fit alternating chapters into a cohesive examination of the way Afrikaner nationalism works to conserve the power and privileges of that ethnic group. Emphasizing the predominance of class over racial, cultural or ideological determinants, the book brilliantly updates contemporary analysis of this subject (and particularly Adam's own Modernizing Racial Domination, 1971), while answering the question posed by the title largely in the negative-federation won't work without drastic economic redistribution.

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