Overcoming Intolerance In South Africa: Experiments In Democratic Persuasion by James L. GibsonOvercoming Intolerance In South Africa: Experiments In Democratic Persuasion by James L. Gibson

Overcoming Intolerance In South Africa: Experiments In Democratic Persuasion

byJames L. Gibson, Amanda Gouws

Paperback | November 7, 2005

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James L. Gibson and Amanda Gouws investigate the degree to which the political culture of South Africa and the beliefs, values, and attitudes of ordinary people affect democratic reform. One set of values is of particular concern for their research: political tolerance. Gibson and Gouws contend that political tolerance is a crucial element of democratic political cultures in general. And it is perhaps more important than any other democratic value in polyglot South Africa.
James L. Gibson is Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published four books and numerous articles on mass behavior and democratization in the United States, Europe, and Africa. He has recently held visiting research and teaching positions at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa...
Title:Overcoming Intolerance In South Africa: Experiments In Democratic PersuasionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:November 7, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521675154

ISBN - 13:9780521675154


Table of Contents

List of tables and figures; Preface; Part I. Introduction: 1. Political tolerance in the New South Africa; 2. The South African context; Part II. South African Intolerance as It Is: 3. The nature of political intolerance in South Africa; 4. Social identities, threat perceptions and political intolerance; 5. Making tolerance judgements: the effect of context, local and national; Part III. South African Intolerance as It Might Be: 6. The persuasibility of tolerance and intolerance; 7. The law and legal institutions as agents of persuasion; 8. Becoming tolerant? Short-term changes in South African political culture; 9. Conclusions: experimenting with tolerance in the New South Africa; Appendix: research design and methodology; References; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"South Africa's transition from repression to democracy has been hailed as a miracle because so many had expected a bloodbath. Still, the infant democracy is grappling with many and daunting problems, such as the existence cheek by jowl with one another of a diversity of political and other ideologies, ethnic and racial groups and nationalities, as well as the necessity of dealing with the inequitites of the past, and having to combat one of the highest levels of HIV / AIDS pandemic and a burgeoning crime rate. No wonder intolerance should have raised its ugly head in such fertile soil. And it is a very serious problem. This groudbreaking study of the problem is timely in looking for solutions to what could so easily subvert what so many laboured so valiantly for and many others gave their lives. It is to be welcomed enthusiastically." Archbishop Desmond Tutu