Racial category membership as resource and constraint in everyday interactions.

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dc.contributor.author Whitehead, Kevin.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-28T11:51:19Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-28T11:51:19Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/1283
dc.description.abstract The anti-apartheid struggle was characterised by tensions between the opposing principles of non-racialism (as exemplified by the Freedom Charter) and racialism (as exemplified by Black Consciousness). While non-racialism has become a central value in post-apartheid South Africa, tensions remain between the ANC government‘s long-standing commitment to non-racialism and its continued use of race-conscious policies and appeals to black nationalism. These tensions are also reflected in the writings of social scientists, who have questioned how we might "address a rejection of the actual 'existence' of races as well as the overwhelming existence of the social construct in having shaped – and still shaping – the life chances of citizens" (Maré 2001:80; cf. Posel 2001b:75-76). While questions of this nature are clearly important and complex matters for policymakers and social scientists to grapple with, I show in this paper that they are also lively concerns for ordinary people in South Africa – and that an examination of everyday interactions in South Africa can provide illuminating insights. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This is a research report facilitated by the ccrri and enabled by a grant received from the Maurice Webb Trust. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Non-racialism. en_US
dc.subject Racial category. en_US
dc.title Racial category membership as resource and constraint in everyday interactions. en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US

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