Twenty years after the end of apartheid, race still continues to play a role in South African society. Ironically, in a society that is constitutionally committed to non-racialism, race thinking and race classification have been carried forward unthinkingly from our past. Not only does the rationale for such continuation not address the real concerns of our society but the system of classifying carries inevitable seeds of conflict within itself. What is more, the classification of fellow human beings into races remains a crime against humanity, no matter what justification is offered.
This book is, therefore, about race thinking (also referred to as racialism), the way in which we accept ‘race’ as ‘a self-evidently natural part of the modern world’. This is a world already classified whose validity ‘we’ accept – and I include my historical self and millions of fellow human beings in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
In writing this powerfully engaged and argued book, Gerhard Maré takes up the challenge to imagine a world beyond the boundaries created by race, one in which we can live together imaginatively and open to the diversity each of us presents. As he says, it may not be easy to achieve, but confronting race thinking is essential to any project that is serious about changing South African society in fundamental ways.
About the author
Gerhard Maré is professor emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he served as the director of the Centre for Industrial and Labour Studies and as chair of Sociology. He was director of the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity from its establishment in 2006 until 2012. He is the co-author of An Appetite for Power: Buthelezi’s Inkatha and South Africa.
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|mobi file ISBN:||9781431420636|
|Colour:||Black and White|
|Publication Date:||August 2014|