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Change in South Africa: Blind Alleys or New Directions
Change in South Africa: Blind Alleys or New Directions
By Christopher R. Hill
Barnes and Noble, 1983, 224 pp.

The director of the Centre of Southern African Studies at the University of York offers a balanced assessment of changes in attitudes in South Africa, particularly on the part of white elites. In his view, Afrikaner consciousness is shifting, but glacially, at least in relation to the urgency of their situation. He presents his findings in the form of anecdotal but informative descriptions of current influential groups or agents of change, including business, unions, parliament, academics. Especially interesting is his detailed account of a dissident Afrikaner student leadership surprisingly out of step with (or out in front of) their fellows.