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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

The Continuing Significance of Class
The continuing significance of class
The Appearance of Class

Marxists did not introduce the concept of class into South African scholarship, but they gave it a particular prominence. Some non-Marxists recognized class as one useful category amongst others in explaining human action. Prior to the Marxists, however, class as an explanatory category lay in the shadow of the more visible categories of race and ethnicity. Class was obscured from view either by class-transcending ethnic solidarities or by coincidences of ‘race’, ethnicity and class, both ...

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