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Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa

Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa
Experiments in Democratic Persuasion
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Part of Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology

  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521533621

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  • In Overcoming Intolerance in South Africa, Gibson and Gouws investigate the degree to which the political culture of South Africa - the beliefs, values, and attitudes towards politics held by ordinary people - impedes or promotes the consolidation of democratic reform. One set of values is of particular concern for their research - 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 towards the political views of others. Thus, 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 co-exist in their diversity.

    • The first systematic investigation of the post-transformation political culture of South Africa
    • Employs experiments - grounded in theories of political psychology - in representative surveys of South Africans
    • First inquiry into the dynamics of political tolerance - that is, the way in which political tolerance changes and can be changed
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    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521533621
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Political tolerance in 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 tolerance
    5. Making tolerance judgments: the effect of context, local and national
    Part III. South African Intolerance As It Might Be:
    6. The pliability 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 new South Africa.

  • Authors

    James L. Gibson, Washington University, St Louis

    Amanda Gouws, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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