The struggle for social change in southern Africa : visions of liberty /

Main Author: Mungazi, Dickson A.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Crane Russak, 1989.
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Mungazi deploys Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) in his analysis of the problems of contemporary and historical southern Africa. The effort is imaginative, but the paradigmatic shift so essential in explaining why the apartheid should be replaced by a new system appears based less on a close reading and understanding of Kuhn than on an imperfect appreciation of the dynamics of modern southern Africa. The reader's confidence in Mungazi's application of theory to politics also weakens when the author's grasp of the historical realities seems slim, as well as when there are so many errors in bibliographic and footnote citations. It is not evident that this work advances knowledge of the problems of southern Africa. Moreover, thin as the book is, much about which the author writes has been overtaken by recent events, especially the breaking out of peace in Namibia, Angola, and Mozambique. The tough problem of how to crack apartheid remains. Sparse bibliography, basic maps, and limited index. For research libraries only. R. I. Rotberg Lafayette College

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