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In Good Faith: Canadian Churches Against Apartheid

In Good Faith: Canadian Churches Against Apartheid

by Renate Pratt


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In retrospect it is difficult to accept that Western democracies have implicitly supported, or at least tolerated, the legalized system of white supremacy in South Africa known as apartheid. Renate Pratt’s new book, In Good Faith, explains why the Christian churches were among the first to publicly protest, and why they provided such cogent and determined international support for the struggle against apartheid.

The Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility is a coalition of Christian churches that for nearly twenty years was one of Canada’s leading anti-apartheid advocates. As the first co-ordinator of this Taskforce, Renate Pratt was at the centre of the early anti-apartheid initiatives in Canada and consequently is able to supply a clear and accurate view.

The book traces the history of exchanges between the Taskforce and successive ministers and senior civil servants of the Department of External Affairs. It details the reluctant and weak responses offered by the Canadian government and business community right up to the time of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

In Good Faith will be of particular interest to Canadian Christians concerned with ecumenical co-operation and with the social and political dimensions of their faith. Equally, it will appeal to those interested in the impact of public interest organizations on public policy or the relationship between politics and business interests.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889202801
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 07/02/1997
Series: Comparative Ethics , #4
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Renate Pratt’s commitment to the abolition of apartheid began during her years in Tanzania, at that time home to many exiled members of southern Africa’s liberation movements. Later, she co–authored Investment in Oppression (1973), the first enquiry into the implications of Canadian investments in South Africa. Pratt has received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from McMaster University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
In Good Faith: Canadian Churches Against Apartheid, by Renate Pratt

Preface by Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu

Foreword by Roger Hutchinson



Part One 1975–80

1. Prelude to Action

2. Canadian Business Ties

Part Two 1981–84

3. Apartheid and the Canadian Government

4. From Acceptance to Unease: Canadian Corporate Responses to Apartheid, 1981–84

Part Three 1985–87

5. The Struggle Intensifies

6. Canada's Anti-Apartheid Initiatives, 1985–86

Part Four 1987–90

7. The Taskforce and Continuing Canadian Corporate Involvement in South Africa

8. The Long Road Back from Sanctions, 1987

9. The Taskforce and the Abandonment of Canada's Sanctions Policy, 1988–90

10. Final Reflections

Selected Bibliography


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