Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa by James L. Gibson
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Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa
By James L. Gibson

Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa

Experiments in Democratic Persuasion

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Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa by James L. Gibson

Book Awards

  • Winner of International Society of Political Psychology Alexander George Book Award 2003.

Book Description

Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa investigates the degree to which the political culture of South Africa - the beliefs, values, and attitudes toward politics held by ordinary people - impedes or promotes the consolidation of democratic reform. One set of values is of particular concern in this study - political tolerance. The authors contend that political tolerance is a crucial element of democratic political cultures in general, but that in the South African case, tolerance is perhaps more important than any other democratic value. Since South Africa is one of the most polyglot countries in the world, the only viable strategy for survival is tolerance toward the political views of others. The overwhelming emphasis throughout this book is on finding ways to enhance the willingness of South Africans to 'put up with' their political enemies, to allow open and widespread political competition, and to coexist in their diversity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521813907
ISBN-10: 0521813905
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Overcoming Historical Injustices by James L. Gibson Overcoming Historical Injustices, Hardback (July 2009)

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Author Biography - James L. Gibson

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), the Institute for Social Justice and Reconciliation (South Africa), and the Russell Sage Foundation. Amanda Gouws is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. She has been involved in numerous survey research projects in South Africa and has published academic articles on political tolerance, the electoral system, and gender politics in South Africa.

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