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Visions of the Future during Political Transitions: COMPARING AFRIKANER AND ISRAELI ATTITUDES

Visions of the Future during Political Transitions: COMPARING AFRIKANER AND ISRAELI ATTITUDES Differences and Similarities between South Africa and Israel/Palestine The lessons to be drawn were probed in a more comprehensive comparison, published as Peace-making in Divided Societies: The Israel–South Africa Analogy (Adam 2002), on which this essay elaborates. Six elements were evaluated in both contexts: economic interdependence, religious divisions, third-party intervention, leadership, political culture, and violence. As a background to the Afrikaner debate, it seems worthwhile to summarize Social Text 75, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 2003. Copyright © 2003 by . the main arguments in each of the six realms for a clarification of the similarities and differences: 1. Economic interdependence and the emergence of a politicized union movement since the mid-1970s socialized South Africa in negotiation politics and trade-offs. The Israeli economy depends minimally on Palestinian labor, and the two economies exist more or less side by side. Israel uses closure as collective punishment. Palestinians are deprived of industrial action (strikes, consumer boycotts), which was heavily used by black South Africans to combat apartheid. Demographic ratios and dependency on black labor ruled out collective expulsion in favor of more expedient divideand-rule policies in South Africa. 2. Religion in South Africa served as a common bond to assail http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Text Duke University Press

Visions of the Future during Political Transitions: COMPARING AFRIKANER AND ISRAELI ATTITUDES

Social Text , Volume 21 (2 75) – Jun 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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0164-2472
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1527-1951
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10.1215/01642472-21-2_75-95
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Differences and Similarities between South Africa and Israel/Palestine The lessons to be drawn were probed in a more comprehensive comparison, published as Peace-making in Divided Societies: The Israel–South Africa Analogy (Adam 2002), on which this essay elaborates. Six elements were evaluated in both contexts: economic interdependence, religious divisions, third-party intervention, leadership, political culture, and violence. As a background to the Afrikaner debate, it seems worthwhile to summarize Social Text 75, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 2003. Copyright © 2003 by . the main arguments in each of the six realms for a clarification of the similarities and differences: 1. Economic interdependence and the emergence of a politicized union movement since the mid-1970s socialized South Africa in negotiation politics and trade-offs. The Israeli economy depends minimally on Palestinian labor, and the two economies exist more or less side by side. Israel uses closure as collective punishment. Palestinians are deprived of industrial action (strikes, consumer boycotts), which was heavily used by black South Africans to combat apartheid. Demographic ratios and dependency on black labor ruled out collective expulsion in favor of more expedient divideand-rule policies in South Africa. 2. Religion in South Africa served as a common bond to assail

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Social TextDuke University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2003

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