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A Double-Edged Sword: A Quest for a Place in the African Sun

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Providing insight into South African values and culture, this book is a comprehensive study of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) and its role in history. Essentially, it examines the Contralesa’s position during the Mass Democratic Movement’s struggles in the late 1980s—when liberation movements were unbanned and their leaders were released from jail—as well as during the post-1994 era of Nelson Mandela. A valuable resource, this reference will captivate those interested in the issue of governance, institutional change, and the interface between designed modernity and surviving traditions.

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