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The Resource Are South Africans free?, Lawrence Hamilton

Are South Africans free?, Lawrence Hamilton

Label
Are South Africans free?
Title
Are South Africans free?
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Hamilton
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Despite South Africa's successful transition to democracy and lauded constitution, political freedom for the majority of South Africans remains elusive. The poor and unemployed majority are poorly represented and lack power and thus freedom. Under these conditions, the freedom of the privileged minority is also seriously impaired due to the costs of maintaining their relative security and well-being. Lawrence Hamilton is an internationally-known political theorist, who has spent ten years teaching in South African universities. In this unique book he brings ideas - political and philosophical - to the fore to understand a contemporary political conundrum. He outlines the persistent, unresolved problems characterizing contemporary South Africa: poverty and quality of life statistics that are appalling for a middle-income country, levels of inequality that make South Africa one of the most unequal places in the world, skewed economic and political representation that reproduces elites rather than generating opportunities for all and an electoral system that implements the idea of proportional representation so literally that it undermines meaningful representation. Are South Africans Free? aims not only to explain the current state of South Africa but to provide positive new directions and suggestions for institutional change. Hamilton argues that freedom as power in South Africa does not depend on good will, charity or duty, and it goes beyond the complete realization of the political and civil liberties currently safeguarded in its constitution. Such change will depend on courageous leadership, active citizenship, new forms of representation and a macroeconomic policy that offers radical redistribution of actual and potential wealth. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
IEN/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hamilton, Lawrence
Dewey number
320.01130968
Index
index present
LC call number
JQ1981
LC item number
.H36 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Representative government and representation
  • Political participation
  • Quality of life
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Equality
  • South Africa
Label
Are South Africans free?, Lawrence Hamilton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
857879097
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 155 pages
Isbn
9781472526939
Lccn
2014001567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
60001905869
System control number
(OCoLC)857879097
Label
Are South Africans free?, Lawrence Hamilton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
857879097
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 155 pages
Isbn
9781472526939
Lccn
2014001567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
60001905869
System control number
(OCoLC)857879097

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