The South African Transition: A Holistic Approach to the Analysis of the Struggle Leading to the 1994 Elections
Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 48-80, 2008
33 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2008
Date Written: November 27, 2008
This paper deconstructs the conflict leading up to and shortly following the democratic transition in South Africa. A simple instrument is used in order to identify the main components of the conflict. The information gathered by the instrument is then analyzed using three different theories: regime transition theory, norm socialization using the Spiral Model of Socialization developed by Risse and Sikkink (Kollman, 2008, p. 400), and finally a short comparison to John Duckitt and Thobi Mphuthing's attitudinal study of pre- and post-electoral South Africa will be provided (Mphuthing & Duckitt, 1998). The explanations given by the three approaches are then compared and contrasted in order to gain a more holistic understanding of the South African transition.
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