Reinstating the importance of categorical inequities in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Leibbrandt, Murray
dc.contributor.author Díaz Pabón, Fabio Andrés
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-16T11:01:37Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-16T11:01:37Z
dc.date.issued 2021-04
dc.identifier.citation Leibbrandt, M., Díaz Pabón, F. (2021). Reinstating the importance of categorical inequities in South Africa. Cape Town: SALDRU, UCT. (SALDRU Working Paper Number 275)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928516-37-8
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/1003
dc.description.abstract South Africa was one of the most unequal countries in the world in 1994 and inequality has featured prominently as a key socio-economic and policy challenge over the post-apartheid period. Yet, despite policy interventions with the aim of reducing inequality, these high levels of inequality remain in place. Such resilience in inequality demands from us a better understanding of the mechanisms that reproduce and create inequalities. Having consolidated the research on South Africa’s income and wealth inequality, we explore the interactions between these inequalities and different sets of categories (gender, race and class) in space to surface how the dynamics of inequality relate to mechanisms that create and reproduce inequalities in South Africa. We build this analysis further by taking stock of recent work on social mobility. In the conclusion we pull together this picture of precarious mobility and review policies to overcome inequality against this prevailing reality. These policies have not worked, making clear the urgent need for interdisciplinary research on how to break the inequality traps. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;275
dc.subject Inequality en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject categorical inequalities en_US
dc.subject vertical inequalities en_US
dc.subject race en_US
dc.subject class en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject spatial inequalities en_US
dc.subject intragenerational mobility en_US
dc.subject intergenerational mobility en_US
dc.title Reinstating the importance of categorical inequities in South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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