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South Africa in Southern Africa: Reconfiguring the Region

Edited By: David Simon

259 pages, no illustrations

James Currey

Paperback | Jan 1998 | #100493 | ISBN: 0852554117
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Discusses the relationship between South Africa and southern Africa and examines the way that relations have altered since the extraordinary changes of 1990 and the first democratic election in 1994.

'Having taught an undergraduate geography course on southern Africa for many years which takes, as one of its main themes, the interrelationships between the countries with particular reference to the role of the regional "giant" South Africa, I was naturally pleased then this book appeared. At last, a book which I could recommend as a course text! Furthermore one which identified the "region" in exactly the same terms and for exactly the same reasons as I do. And finally, one edited by a geographer with similar thematic interests to my own - which basically means that the volume contains an eclectic mix of economic, political and social analyses all of which, to varying degrees, tell us something about South Africa's past, present or future regional influence through the prism of specific sectoral or country case studies. 'The book reflects the interdisciplinary approach which is one of the strengths of regional human geography ... this is a most useful book for both students and academics interested in southern Africa. The perspectives taken are often thought-provoking and the dreary line taken by so many regional texts - that South Africa's dominance is inevitable, overwhelming and self-evident in every sphere and any other view is just "hot air" - s thankfully avoided. That South Africa's position is not necessarily an easy one is also recognized.' - Deborah Potts in Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies


Introduction - shedding the past, shaping the future, David Simon. Part 1 Population and mobility: obscuring history? contemporary patterns of regional migration to South Africa, Sally Peberdy; gender, labour markets and migration in and from Botswana, Kavita Datta; the sexual and economic politics of (re)integration - HIV/AIDS and the question of stability in southern Africa, Doug Webb. Part 2 Transcending the past - the politics of dis- and re-engagement: in the wake of war - military transitions in southern Africa, Susan Willett; small arms proliferation - a major challenge for post-apartheid South and southern Africa, Alex Vines; South Africa's foreign policy - from isolation to respectability?, Greg Mills; "nature has the power to heal old wounds" - war, peace and changing patterns of conservation in southern Africa, Eddie Koch. Part 3 Changing geographies of production and economic integration: the changing role of sugar as a vehicle for economic development within southern Africa, Steve Atkins and Alan Terry; lessons unlearned -South Africa's one-way relationship with Zimbabwe, Colin Stoneman; desert enclave to regional gateway? Walvis Bay's reintegration into Namibia, David Simon; powering the region - South Africa and the southern Africa power pool, Tore Horvei; SADC, COMESA, SACU -contradictory formats for regional integration in southern Africa?, James Sidaway; prospects for the region, David Simon.

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