Identity, inequality and social contestation in the Post-Apartheid South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Hino, Hiroyuki
dc.contributor.author Leibbrandt, Murray
dc.contributor.author Machema, Ratjomose
dc.contributor.author Shifa, Muna
dc.contributor.author Soudien, Crain
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-27T10:11:52Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-27T10:11:52Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09
dc.identifier.citation Hino, H., Leibbrandt, M., Machema, R., Shifa, M., Soudien, C. (2018). Identity, inequality and social contestation in the Post-Apartheid South Africa. Cape Town: SALDRU, UCT. (SALDRU Working Paper No. 233)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-94-8
dc.identifier.uri http://www.opensaldru.uct.ac.za/handle/11090/946
dc.description.abstract This paper examines contestations in the South African society - its past, present and future. It provides historical accounts of formation of ethnic and race identities; and offers some evidence that South Africans became less exclusive of people in other race groups during the early years of post-Apartheid period but have reversed this accomplishment over the last ten years. The paper then holistically examines inequality in the post-apartheid period; namely, at national level, between and within ethnic and race groups, and measured by income and by self-assessment of an individual’s life satisfaction. Using the frequency of and desire for interracial social interactions as an indicator of exclusiveness or inclusiveness of racial identities in South Africa, the paper finds positive correlation between the exclusiveness of racial identify on one hand and inequalities of the level of life satisfaction within and between race groups. It identifies “inequality hot spots” on this basis, which need to be addressed if a more cohesive society is to be nurtured in the country. Finally, the paper finds tentative signs of the emergence of a common citizenry, a national identity, which would also be needed for South Africa to transition to a cohesive society. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Hiroyuki Hino, Murray Leibbrandt and Muna Shifa acknowledge funding from the French Development Agency (AFD) as part of the “Social Cohesion, Inequality and Inclusive Development” partnership agreement between the French Development Agency, South African Office and the University of Cape Town. Murray Leibbrandt, Muna Shifa and Ratjomose Machema also acknowledge funding from the Research Chairs Initiative of the South African National Research Foundation and the South African Department of Science and Technology. We are grateful for very useful comments from Arnim Langer, Frances Stewart and John Lonsdale. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;233
dc.subject Social contestations en_US
dc.subject Inequality en_US
dc.subject Post-Apartheid period en_US
dc.subject Racial identity en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title Identity, inequality and social contestation in the Post-Apartheid South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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