About the Book

On the Fault Line

On the Fault Line

Managing Tensions and Divisions within Societies
March 2012
Trade Paperback · 288 Pages
$26.95 U.S. · $29.50 CAN
ISBN 9781846685880
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Societies in all countries are split by major divisions—or "fault lines"—caused by differences in race, religion, ethnicity, wealth, class, or power. Some are plainly evident, whereas others are more concealed and can erupt with little warning.

In a world facing acute environmental, migration, and resource challenges that can only exacerbate differences, this is an essential guide to understanding a phenomenon that all countries must grapple with in the twenty-first century.

Jeffrey Herbst is the president of Colgate University, New York.

Terence McNamee's books include Century and Decade (Phaidon Press).

Greg Mills' most recent book is Why Africa is Poor (Penguin Books).

About the Authors

Dr Jeffrey Herbst is the President of Colgate University and an accomplished scholar of international politics.

Dr Greg Mills is Director of the Brenthurst Foundation and one of South Africa’s most respected security and development experts. His most recent book is Why Africa is Poor (Penguin).

Dr Terence McNamee is Deputy-Director of the Brenthurst Foundation and writer and historian of the acclaimed photographic histories Century and Decade (Phaidon).