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Providing a wide-ranging and critical introduction to contemporary South Africa, this book uses an interdisciplinary lens to introduce the student to the main debates, historical context, and issues that have characterized the study of South Africa over the last three decades. Key topics include: the role of colonialism, capitalism and modernity in the formation of the racial order; changes in the South African state; questions of class, race and ehtnicity; black resistance; and the transition to democracy. A number of underlying debates are critically evaluated. For exmple, the contribution of materialist and class-analytic approaches, the application of post-structuralism and theories of modernity, and th
Chapter 1: Colonialism and the Racial Order
Colonialism and the Racial Order
Unmasking the Racial Order
Analysts of South Africa's racial order have always sought to unmask its real nature. They still seek to do so, though the vocabularies of unmasking have shifted with intellectual fashions and in response to changing times. The mystique of explanation lives on even in post-modern work, albeit now attaching to the deconstructive search for textual logics and silences rather than, say, to the realist exploration of underlying social and economic forces. It is unsurprising that the armouries of scholarly explanation have been directed, in the South African case, principally to one target: South Africa's racial ...