Nation Formation and Social Cohesion

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The fieldwork and case studies contained in this book were gathered from one-on-one interviews with residents of four of South Africa’s nine provinces (Western Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng). To those living beyond the country’s borders, it provides insights into their daily lives and details the problems, frustrations, and hopes of residents of some of the country’s most conflicted areas.


The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), which was publicly launched as a think tank in March 2011, was founded to create a platform of engagement around strategic issues facing South Africa. It combines research and academic development, strategic reflections and intellectual discourse, and applies itself to issues such as economics, sociology, governance, history, arts and culture, and the logics of natural sciences.