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State, Civil Society and Apartheid in South Africa

An Examination of Dutch Reformed Church-State Relations


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Tracy Kuperus
    Pages 153-165
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 166-211

About this book


An examination of the role played by civil society in the legitimisation of South Africa's apartheid regime and its racial policy. This book focuses on the interaction of dominant groups within the Dutch Reformed Church and the South African state over the development of race policy within the broader context of state-civil society relations. This allows a theoretical examination and typology of the variety of state-civil society relations. Additionally, the particular case study demonstrates that civil society's existence in and authoritarian situations can deter the establishment of democracy when components of civil society identify themselves with exclusive, ethnic interests.


democracy governance Policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Political Studies DepartmentGordon CollegeWenhamUSA

About the authors

TRACY KUPERUS is Professor of Political Studies at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. She previously taught political Science at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and undertook her doctoral research at the university of Illinois. She has presented numerous papers and published articles in journals like the Journal of Church and State which concentrate on South African church-state relations within the broader context of State-civil society relations.

Bibliographic information


"State, Civil Society and Apartheid in South Africa offers a useful contribution to ongoing debates over the relationship between civil society and democracy." - African Studies Review