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Author Ntsebeza, Lungisile.

Title Democracy compromised : chiefs and the politics of the land in South Africa / by Lungisile Ntsebeza
Published Leiden : Brill, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (x, 326 pages) : map
Series Afrika-Studiecentrum series, 1570-9310 ; v. 5
Afrika-Studiecentrum series ; v. 5. 1570-9310
Contents List of maps; Abbreviations; FOREWORD; 1 TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES, DEMOCRACY AND THE LAND QUESTION: SOME CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS; 2 THE XHALANGA DISTRICT AND ITS PEOPLE: 1865-1883; 3 THE LAND QUESTION AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN XHALANGA: 1883-1924; 4 RURAL LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN XHALANGA IN THE ERA OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES; 5 TRIBAL AUTHORITIES AND THE REVIVAL OF CHIEFTAINSHIP IN XHALANGA; 6 'TSHISA, TSHISA' (BURN, BURN): THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TRIBAL AUTHORITIES INTENSIFIES; 7 THE ERA OF BANTU AUTHORITIES IN THE XHALANGA DISTRICT: A DECENTRALISED DESPOTISM?
8 DEMOCRACY COMPROMISED: POST-1994 RETRIBALISATION9 CONCLUSION; References; Index
Summary Democracy Compromised is about traditional authorities (chiefs of various ranks) in a democracy. The book addresses mainly two integrally related questions. First, how despite their role in the apartheid state, traditional authorities have not only survived, but have won unprecedented powers in rural governance in South Africa's democracy, and, secondly, how they derive their authority. It argues that chieftaincy has always been contested and that it has throughout its history since the advent of colonialism been dependent on the support of the state. Their role in the land allocation process is central to our understanding, not only of the survival of traditional authorities, but on how they derived their authority. The book will be of particular interest to academics, researchers, students, activists and policy makers
Notes Based on the author's doctoral thesis
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-319) and index
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Subject Chiefdoms -- South Africa -- Xalanga.
Democracy -- South Africa -- Xalanga.
Political customs and rites -- South Africa -- Xalanga.
Tribal government -- South Africa -- Xalanga.
Xalanga (South Africa) -- Politics and government.
Xalanga (South Africa) -- Social conditions.
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ISBN 1429453540 (electronic bk.)
1433706296 (electronic bk.)
900414482X (paperback)
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