The continuing salience of race: Discrimination and diversity in South Africa


Show simple item record Seekings, Jeremy 2016-05-12T09:28:35Z 2016-05-12T09:28:35Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Seekings, J. (2008). The continuing salience of race: Discrimination and diversity in South Africa. Journal of contemporary African studies, 26(1), 1-25. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-9001 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The end of apartheid has brought a resurgence of research into racial identities, attitudes and behaviour in South Africa. The legacy of systematic racial ordering and discrimination under apartheid is that South Africa remains deeply racialised, in cultural and social terms, as well as deeply unequal, in terms of the distribution of income and opportunities. South Africans continue to see themselves in the racial categories of the apartheid era, in part because these categories have become the basis for post-apartheid ‘redress’, in part because they retain cultural meaning in everyday life. South Africans continue to inhabit social worlds that are largely defined by race, and many express negative views of other racial groups. There has been little racial integration in residential areas, although schools provide an important opportunity for inter-racial interaction for middleclass children. Experimental and survey research provide little evidence of racism, however. Few people complain about racial discrimination, although many report everyday experiences that might be understood as discriminatory. Racial discrimination per se seems to be of minor importance in shaping opportunities in post-apartheid South Africa. Far more important are the disadvantages of class, exacerbated by neighbourhood effects: poor schooling, a lack of footholds in the labour market, a lack of financial capital. The relationship between race and class is now very much weaker than in the past. Overall, race remains very important in cultural and social terms, but no longer structures economic advantage and disadvantage. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_ZA
dc.source Journal of Contemporary African Studies en_ZA
dc.subject.other racial discrimination
dc.subject.other racial categories
dc.subject.other racial redress
dc.subject.other race and class
dc.title The continuing salience of race: Discrimination and diversity in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA 2016-05-12T09:26:14Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
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dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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