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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

Narratives of Resistance
Narratives of resistance
Ways of Seeing ‘The Struggle’

It is possible to read the 1994 election victory of the African National Congress as the culmination of more than three hundred years of black resistance to white domination in South Africa. The 27 April poll was the moment when, at last, the black majority entered the ‘political kingdom’. It is possible, also, to locate the centuries of resistance within a narrative that appears rational, inexorable, coherent, heroic and, in its impact on South African history, central. Rational, in that resistance politics followed seemingly logically ...

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