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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

South African Ethnicities
South African ethnicities
The Significance of Ethnicity as a Topic

Notions of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ have long been central to the way the people of Southern Africa have ordered their social world. While South Africa is far from being alone in exhibiting ethnic consciousness, inequalities and conflicts, South Africa was virtually unique in the post-Second World War decades, right up until 1994, in lending legal and constitutional force to ethnic difference and racial hierarchy. Moreover, ethnic differences in the country largely coincide with vast disparities of wealth and power, and ...

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