Non-racialism in South Africa

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David Everatt
Routledge, Jul 5, 2017 - Political Science
When Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa in 1994, the world looked on at themiracle of racial reconciliation that unfolded in South Africa. However, the dream of aRainbow Nation (in Archbishop Desmond Tutu‘s phrase) seems to be fading, and racial identities seem to be more entrenched than ever. What prospects then for thenon-racial democracy envisioned by Mandela and the South African Constitution?This book examines the status and future prospects of non-racialism. It discusses the nature of non-racialism and applies the concept to wider national issues and to questions of identity. The book looks out into South Africa's future and assesses generational changes to the country's handling of non-racialism. This latter point is the main theme in the opening preface by Ahmed Kathrada, jailed with Nelson Mandela, who reminds the reader that there is no easy answer: non-racialism is built every day, every minute, by people who seek to transform social relations and allow theRainbow Nation to flourish.This book was published as a special issue of Politikon.
 

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Contents

Status and Prospects
1
Reflections on Racialism in South Africa
25
3 Deepening NonRacialism in South Africa
37
4 Revisiting the National Question and Identity
48
Searching for NonRacialism in PostApartheid South Africa
65
Findings from the AKF NonRacialism Focus Group Data
83
NonRacialism in a Transitional Democracy
107
NonRacialism Identity Socialisation and Generational Change in South Africa
121
Reflections of a Selection of South African Leaders
142
10 What lies at the end of the Rainbow Nation?
163
Index
171
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