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After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. April 2014

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“The structural and historical roots of such disparities, and the social friction and significant emigration they feed, are succinctly analyzed amid generous excerpts from interviews and diaries.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rare are the works which provide us with an insight into the past through the present.... This is a book that deserves to be read…by all.” 

“Anyone interested in the progress of the 'new'  South Africa  20 years into its multiracial democracy need look no further than After Freedom—a powerful, well-researched, and thoroughly readable book. Newman and De Lannoy include hard demographic and economic data but it is their sustained and deeply personal interviews which prove both fascinating and discomforting. As in all democracies, including the United States, the pace of change is maddeningly slow for all too many.”
—Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist and author of New News Out of Africa

“Written with verve and in an often lyrical style this book takes you into the depths of the everyday life of seven post-apartheid young South Africans. Set in the extraordinary urban experiment of contemporary Cape Town, Katherine Newman and Ariane de Lannoy succeed in bringing to vivid life the complexity of young South Africans seeking to make a life for themselves. Without being judgmental they surface and contextualize the intense experiences of personal failure and success through which young people in South Africa are going. This book will help you understand what it means to live in one of the world’s major social laboratories.”
—Professor Crain Soudien, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Cape Town, South Africa

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Katherine S. Newman is the James Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of twelve books on poverty, the working poor, and the consequences of inequality, including The Accordion Family and The Missing Class. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ariane De Lannoy is a senior researcher at the Children’s Institute and lecturer in the Sociology Department of the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on youth transitions to adulthood in South Africa, and she has published on young adults’ educational decision making, youth belonging and citizenship, and youth violence in a context of poverty. She lives in Cape Town.


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HASH(0x94412900) von 5 Sternen South Africa - 20 years later 3. August 2014
Von Arnold Wentzel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Twenty years after democracy many South Africans are doubting whether the miracle of the rainbow nation was ever real. This book gives us an inside view, by making us see it through the eyes of young people who were too young to have participated in the events leading up to Nelson Mandela's release and the political freedom that followed. This generation is often called the "freedom generation" and in the book they are represented by a poor Black African woman (Thandiswa), an educated Black African woman (Amanda), a poor Coloured (the label for mixed race in South Africa) man (Ambrose), a relatively affluent Coloured man (Daniel), a working class White man (Brandon) and a privileged White woman (Anna), as well as two African immigrants (Suzanne & Eduard). Through them we see how the legacy of apartheid still determines the destinies and psychological make-up even of the freedom generation. It presents a much more realistic and nuanced view of democratic South Africa than either the "miracle" perspective or the "disaster" perspective so often voiced by conservatives.

This is a really well-written book based on several years of fieldwork. It is an authentic and relatively unbiased view of the world of those who will be the country's leaders in years to come. There are enough books telling the story of how South Africa broke the chains of apartheid, but very little is available on the story that is being created by the young adults who came of age in a world without this oppression. This book tells this story, and gives us insight into the real South Africa and glimpses of where it might be in another twenty years' time.

I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in the living history of South Africa. All the unique South African terminology is explained so even non-South Africans will find that it will deepen their understanding of the country's democratic transition.
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HASH(0x94412768) von 5 Sternen Excellent book 1. Juli 2015
Von Amy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I received a copy of this book for free through the First Reads program on Goodreads, where this review is cross-posted.

Newman and De Lannoy easily bridge the gap between academic and popular nonfiction with a meticulously researched and emotionally gripping study of seven South African young adults of the post-apartheid generation.

The book has many fine qualities. It is nonjudgmental, which is impressive because of how emotionally fraught race and economic issues are. It is rigorous. It is compassionate, and it is aware of its own privilege. It's also a very easy read -- there's a lot more narrative than there is quantitative data, so it's highly accessible. There's no implication that everyone in South Africa shares the views or experiences of the study participants, but the details of the lives of the participants are used to give depth and texture to numbers that would otherwise start to run together.

I brought certain biases to reading this book, so I think I should share what this book is not. For one, when I think about South Africa, I admit that I think of the HIV/AIDS pandemic; HIV was not discussed at any length in this book, which surprised me. The estimated rates of infection were provided and then the authors moved on. I also tend to think about the use of South Africa as a neoliberal laboratory and the widespread belief that the ANC failed to secure meaningful economic sovereignty during the transition from apartheid government. Those economic negotiations and their impact on the current South African economy are not discussed at all. Due to my previous knowledge of and interest in these particular topics, I was surprised that they weren't covered. This is in no way a criticism of the work, merely an observation.

Last but not least, I was delighted that this book wasn't an unthinking celebration of progress. So much media about South Africa focuses on the end of the freedom struggle, as if Mandela leaves prison, becomes president, and then everything is going to be okay. As Newman and De Lannoy demonstrate, young South Africans are keenly aware that the political leadership after Mandela leaves a lot to be desired, and that while some significant barriers have fallen, too many people are being left behind.
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HASH(0x944126d8) von 5 Sternen Excellent book on post-Apartheid South African society 20. April 2015
Von Kindle Customer Thomas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I received this book free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. The authors wanted to show how people are adapting to the post apartheid society in South Africa. They worked with researchers and outreach programs to enroll 7 persons from the three major racial groups in South Africa: Black, Coloured and White. Some black people are doing well in the new society and others are still living in extreme poverty, due to policies put in place under apartheid. Based upon this book, the government has done a great deal; providing old age pensions for everyone, child support payments for single parents and housing/clean water for millions of people. But there are still millions of people living in extreme poverty.
Reading about the extreme poverty was depressing. I have one complaint. There is a missing footnote, Chapter 6, p 132, footnote 6. Footnotes at the back of the book for chapter 6 stop at footnote 5.
However, I believe that this book is a solid 4 stars out of 5. It would be suitable for college courses and lay readers.
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HASH(0x94402ea0) von 5 Sternen After Freedom reads more like a movie documentary than a narrative book 29. Juli 2015
Von Robert Huttmeyer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
After Freedom reads more like a movie documentary than a narrative book. This perspective allows for a look into the lives of people the first post-apartheid generation. The book moves between South Africans of different political persuasions, class, and backgrounds to provide a narrative that is complicated and informative. The authors do not try to unify or gloss over differences and contradictions but rather allows them to exist and be seen. This provides a narrative that leaves the reader struggling to understand modern South Africa. This struggle is not a weakness however, but allows the reader to see the complexities that exist in contemporary South Africa.
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HASH(0x943ef8a0) von 5 Sternen Up to date and relevant 19. April 2015
Von Yvonne L. Lalanne - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Essential book to understand South Africa now, with out actually visiting. Covers a wide range of the population and the joys and agonies of life in South Africa Now.
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