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Lodge, Tom 1951-

Lodge, Tom 1951-

PERSONAL:

Born August 19, 1951, in Manchester, Lancashire, England; immigrated to the Republic of South Africa, 1978; son of Roy and Vera Lodge; married Carla Grootenboer, June 26, 1979; children: Kim, Guy. Education: University of York, B.A., 1974, Ph.D., 1985.

ADDRESSES:

Office—Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, Limerick C1085, Ireland. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

University of York, Yorkshire, England, Centre for South African Studies, research fellow, 1975-77; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, lecturer in the department of political studies, 1978-85, senior lecturer, 1985; Limerick University, Limerick, Ireland, professor of peace and conflict studies. Previously worked as a director of the Africa Program at the Social Science Research Council in the United States.

WRITINGS:

(Compiler) Anne V. Akeroyd and Colin P. Lunt, editors, A Guide to the Southern African Archives in the University of York, Centre for Southern African Studies (Heslington, England), 1979.

Black Politics in South Africa since 1945, Longman (New York, NY), 1983.

(Editor) Resistance and Ideology in Settler Societies, Ravan Press (Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa), 1986.

(With others) All, Here, and Now: Black Politics in South Africa in the 1980s, Ford Foundation Foreign Policy Association (New York, NY), 1991.

African National Congress Comes Home, University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa), 1992.

(Compiler, with others) A Handbook of South African Electoral Laws and Regulations, 1999, Electoral Institute of South Africa (Auckland Park, Republic of South Africa), 1999.

Consolidating Democracy: South Africa's Second Popular Election, Witwatersrand University Press (Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa), 1999.

(Compiler) The Namibia Elections Report, December, 1999, Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (Auckland Park, Republic of South Africa), 1999.

(With Sibusiso Ntuli) Party Presence and Voter Trust: Findings from the EISA Pre-election Day and Exit Poll Surveys, Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (Auckland Park, Republic of South Africa), 1999.

(Author of preface) National and Provincial Election Results: South African Elections, June 1999, (introductory notes by Bob Jones; tables compiled by Bob Jones and Julie Ballington), Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (Auckland Park, Republic of South Africa), 1999.

South African Politics since 1994, David Philip Publishers (Cape Town, Republic of South Africa), 1999.

(Editor, with others) Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa, Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa), 2002.

Politics in South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 2003.

Mandela: A Critical Life, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

SIDELIGHTS:

Tom Lodge was born and raised in England, then immigrated to the Republic of South Africa in 1978. He now lives in Ireland. A writer and political scientist, he is the author of a number of books that address the complex political situation in South Africa during the late 1990s, as well as a well-received biography on Nelson Mandela, Mandela: A Critical Life. Although there are a number of other biographies of Mandela available, Lodge's effort differs from the others in his detailed focus on the man's childhood and how his early experiences contributed to his success as a political leader in adulthood. A man of privilege who was raised to respect discipline and social rules, Mandela later moved easily through any political setting and was equally comfortable with both whites and blacks, a trait that set him apart from many other black individuals in the political arena. Lodge also brings his expertise in South African politics to bear in this biography, putting much of Mandela's life into a broader context. Writing for Foreign Affairs Online, Nicolas Van de Walle remarked that Lodge gives readers "a measured and not uncritical assessment of Mandela's presidency, while making a compelling case for the man's historical importance." In a review for Publishers Weekly, one contributor wrote: "Vivid descriptions of the daily horrors of apartheid … reveal the complicated world that Mandela ultimately and triumphantly managed to change."

Politics in South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki provides readers with a more general view of the political situation in South Africa and the changes that took place during the later years of the twentieth century. Lodge addresses not just Mandela and his effect on the nation, but such social issues as the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Louise Vincent, in a review for Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, remarked: "Lodge writes in a clear, straightforward style yet captures the complexity and nuance of a very broad range of concerns."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

African Business, December 1, 2006, review of Mandela: A Critical Life, p. 64.

Booklist, July 1, 2006, Hazel Rochman, "Mandela: Man and Icon," p. 25.

Choice, October 1, 2003, review of Politics in South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki, p. 414.

Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, March 1, 2004, Louise Vincent, review of Politics in South Africa, p. 163.

Foreign Affairs, September 1, 1984, review of Black Politics in South Africa since 1945, p. 208; fall, 1984, review of Black Politics in South Africa since 1945; November 1, 2003, review of Politics in South Africa, p. 175.

History Today, March 1, 1985, Neil Parsons, review of Black Politics in South Africa since 1945, p. 58.

International Journal of African Historical Studies, summer, 1989, Maynard Swanson, review of Resistance and Ideology in Settler Societies; Janu- ary 1, 2001, Sean Redding, review of Consolidating Democracy: South Africa's Second Popular Election, p. 150.

Journal of Modern African Studies, December 1, 2001, Graham Evans, review of Consolidating Democracy, p. 724; March 1, 2004, Adrian Guelke, review of Politics in South Africa, p. 158.

Library Journal, September 1, 2006, James Thorsen, review of Mandela, p. 156.

Orbis, January, 1989, "State, Resistance and Change in South Africa," p. 147.

Publishers Weekly, July 10, 2006, review of Mandela, p. 65.

Times Higher Education Supplement, September 22, 2006, "Messianic Icon of Steely Grace," p. 22.

Washington Post Book World, December 24, 2006, "Long Walk to Freedom," review of Mandela, p. 3.

ONLINE

Culture Wars,http://www.culturewars.org.uk/ (September 5, 2006), Clarissa Woodberry, review of Mandela.

Foreign Affairs Online,http://www.foreignaffairs.org/ (March 1, 2007), Nicolas Van de Walle, review of Mandela.

Oxford University Press Web site,http://www.oup.com/ (June 20, 2007), author biography.

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