Academics and students in the departments of Political Sciences, Sociology and Economics and general readers interested in socio-economic issues in the country
Size: 230mm x 150mm
Page Extent: 544 
Format: Soft Paperback
Price: 278.00 (VAT Incl) 
ISBN: 978-1-869-14022-9
Publication Date: April 2002
Rights: World

A History of Inequality in South Africa 1652-2002
AUTHOR: Solomon Johannes Terreblanche (Sampie)

This title provides a systematic account of inequality in South Africa from 1652 to 2002. In a detailed reinterpretation of South African history, it traces the exploitation of indigenous people by dominant settler groups from the advent of European colonialism to the end of apartheid in 1994. Extending this theme to contemporary South African history, Professor Terreblance argues that, while the country's transition to democracy is a significant development, a parallel socio-economic transformation has not yet taken place, and that many of the deep-seated inequalities that developed under colonialism, segregation, and apartheid are being perpetuated in the 'new South Africa'. The author warns that the present order is unjust and unsustainable, and that a 'second struggle' may result if it is perpetuated. He advocates a shift towards social democracy that will allow the state to play a more active role in creating jobs, alleviating poverty, and providing social welfare

Author information:
Professor Solomon Johannes (Sampie) Terreblanche earned his BA, MA and PhD degrees at the University of Stellenbosch. The University of the Free State awarded him a D. Comm. (honoris causa) in 2005. From 1957 to 1964 he lectured at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. In 1965 he moved as a Senior Lecturer to the University of Stellenbosch and became Professor of Economics in 1968. Since 1996 he has been an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch.

“This is a major work of scholarship that straddles the disciplines of history and economics, politics and ethics. It is brilliantly written, masterly in its synthesis, and passionate in its conviction that, in the light of historical inequality in South Africa, the country needs to move from a liberal-democratic capitalist system, to social-democratic capitalism. And here lies enormous controversy."  Anthony Egan