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978 90 5727 022 2


240 pages



Prof. Heribert Adam, Prof. Kogila Moodley, Prof. Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert : Comrades in Business

Post-Liberation Politics in South Africa



Comrades in Business is a fascinating and refreshingly non-partisan socio-political account of the ‘new-elite’in politics and business in South Africa. Can they ensure stability? Can a South African nation be built? The high lifestyle of the new elites is questioned and possible future conflicts with disappointed voters are explored. Comrades in Business is also a wide-ranging study, in which the authors provide comparisons with similar processes in other parts of the world where identity, racism, anti-semitism and multiculturalism are important issues. Written in an easy style, this significant analysis of the course of the transformation is essential reading for anyone both in politics and in business who wishes to keep a finger on the pulse of development in South Africa.



* Heribert Adam has been Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the past president of the International Sociological associationn’s research Committee on Ethnic Minority and Race Relations. Since 1986, he has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape town and serves as a political consultant.

* Kogila Moodley is Professor of Sociology in the department of Educational Studies and holds the David Lam Chair at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She graduated from the University of Natal, and later from the Michigan State University and the University of British Columbia. Her publications include some fifty articles in books and scholarly journals. She is co-author of two books on South Africa.

* Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert is sociologist and former leader of the White Opposition. He is chair-man of Khula Investments and serves on various boards. Together with Alex Boraine, he founded the Institute for a democratic Alternative for outh Africa (IDASA). From 1979 till 1986 he was the leader of the Progressive Party. In 1986, he resigned his seat in protest against the intransigence of the P.W. Botha regime and he constrains of ineffectual white politics. His subsequent involvement with extra-parliamentary politics led him organise the historic 1987 Dakar meeting between the ANC leadership and Afrikaner opinion-makers that paved the way for the official nogotiations.

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