The Effects of Race

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Nina G. Jablonski, Gerhard Mar‚
AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, Oct 15, 2018 - Social Science - 180 pages

The STIAS research theme on Being Human Today explores the interrelated questions: What does it mean to be human? And: What is the nature of the world in which we aspire to be human? In the context of post-apartheid South Africa race and racism remain key references in both these questions. Why is this so, considering that the biological basis of race thinking has been refuted? Templates of race and racialism remain at the core of state policy in South Africa, periodic gross incidents of racism surface in public, and notions of the existence of races remain central to everyday thinking and discourse. This book is the result of the work of a group of leading thinkers and their in-depth conversations at STIAS during the winter of 2015 on the effects of race. Convened by evolutionary anthropologist Nina Jablonski and sociologist Gerhard Mar‚, the group included Njabulo Ndebele, Chabani Manganyi, Barney Pityana, Crain Soudien, G”ran Therborn, Mikael Hjerm, Zimitri Erasmus and George Chaplin. The group reconvened annually through 2017. This is the first in a series of planned publications on the their work.



An Introduction
Part I Race in Racialised South Africa
Chapter 1 Perspectives on Race and Racism
Chapter 2 Racism Existential Inequality and Problems of Categorical Equalisation
Chapter 3 Race and its Articulation with the Human
Chapter 4 Templates of Ordering and Maintaining the Social
Chapter 5 BeingBlackintheWorld and the Future of Blackness
Part II Naming
Chapter 6 An Informational Taxonomy of RaceIdeation
Chapter 7 What do Words really say?
Chapter 8 Two Sides of the Same Coin
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Nina G. Jablonski is Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. Her fundamental interests are human and primate evolution, the evolution of human diversity and public education about these topics. Her work on the evolution and meanings of human skin colour led her fulfilling long-term association with STIAS and to write her latest book, Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color (University of California Press, 2012). Along with Gerhard Mar‚, she has been the co-convenor of the Effects of Race study group within STIAS?s Being Human Today Project.

Gerhard Mar‚ is Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He had been Chair of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Critical Research of Race and Identity at the same institution. He has published widely on a range of subjects, especially on ethnic mobilisation and race/racialism. His most recent book is Declassified: moving beyond the dead end of race in South Africa.

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