Non-racialism in South Africa

1st Edition

David Everatt

Routledge
Published July 17, 2013
Reference - 180 Pages
ISBN 9780415834988 - CAT# Y149334

USD$175.00

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Summary

When Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa in 1994, the world looked on at the ‘miracle’ of racial reconciliation that unfolded in South Africa. However, the dream of a ‘Rainbow 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 the ‘non-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 the ‘Rainbow Nation’ to flourish.

This book was published as a special issue of Politikon.

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