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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

Capitalism and Racial Domination
Capitalism and racial domination
The Revisionist Challenge

The extent of capitalism's responsibility for South Africa's racial order has recently been revived as a topic by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, instituted by the post-1994 democratic government to reckon with apartheid's human rights violations. It is no small irony that the TRC, which found capitalists morally complicit in apartheid, was sitting even as the first post-apartheid government was dedicating itself firmly to a capitalist road to non-racial social justice. The TRC's deliberations on capitalism and apartheid echoed a 1970s debate known as the liberal-radical controversy. The participants in the earlier ...

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