Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge

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Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge

By Francis Wilson and Mamphela Ramphele
Norton, 1989
380 pp. $27.50
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This important book painstakingly documents the meager and uncertain economic condition of most South African blacks as a starting point for thinking about how to achieve a more equal distribution of opportunity-now and in the period after apartheid. Significant in its insistence on preparing today for economic and political institutions in a majority-ruled South Africa, the study also has implications reaching beyond the borders of the republic, in its incisive analysis of the links between institutionalized inequality and persistent poverty.

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