Providing a wide-ranging and critical introduction to contemporary South Africa, this book uses an interdisciplinary lens to introduce the student to the main debates, historical context, and issues that have characterized the study of South Africa over the last three decades.
Key topics include: the role of colonialism, capitalism and modernity in the formation of the racial order; changes in the South African state; questions of class, race and ehtnicity; black resistance; and the transition to democracy.
A number of underlying debates are critically evaluated. For exmple, the contribution of materialist and class-analytic approaches, the application of post-structuralism and theories of modernity, and the prospects for democratic liberalism and socialism in post-apartheid South Africa.
Colonial Origins and Racial Order
Capitalism and Racial Domination
Modernity and Racial Oppression
South African States
The Continuing Significance of Class?
South African Ethnicities
Narratives of Resistance
The Dynamics of Transition
`Really superb. This book subjects the underlying assumptions of the various historical contributions to tight logical scrutiny' - Jon Hyslop, University of Witwatersrand