Developing Cultures: Case Studies by Lawrence E. Harrison, Peter Berger

By Lawrence E. Harrison, Peter Berger

Constructing Cultures: Case reports is a set of 27 essays through a bunch of major internationals students at the position of tradition and cultural swap within the evolution of nations and areas around the globe.

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The history of natural disasters made planning ahead for drought and other contingencies, including development of reserves of grain, oil, and foreign exchange, seem a logical course of action. Chiefs may have been quite autocratic in traditional society, but they were also held to the law, both by their own people and by the colonial authorities. This tradition, as well as a general respect for the law in rural areas, and the honesty of the colonial government gave Botswana a tradition of honesty and avoidance of corruption that served it well.

Opposition parties are particularly strong in the urban areas. There have been two constitutional successions in the Presidency: from Seretse Khama to Quett Masire in 1980, following Khama’s death, and from Masire to Festus Mogae in 1998, following Masire’s decision to retire. Transparency International has ranked Botswana as having the lowest perceived corruption in Africa. Botswana also was ranked second best (behind Chile) among all developing countries, and less corrupt than a number of OECD countries, including Japan, Spain, Belgium, Greece, and Italy.

Sillery, A. Botswana: A Short Political History. London: Methuen, 1974. Tlou, Thomas, and Alec Campbell. History of Botswana. London: Macmillan, 1997. indd 22 11/16/2005 10:26:45 AM 2 Culture and Development Questions from South Africa1 ANN BERNSTEIN What are the relationships between culture and political and economic development in South Africa? This paper is not an attempt to answer that enormously complex question. Rather, it is itself a series of questions. We consider four facets of South African culture, sketch their outlines, and build up more detailed questions on the relationship between each particular cultural element and development.

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