South Africa's democratic experiment is confronted with a central political dilemma: how to advance redress and address historical injustices while building a single national identity. This issue lies at the heart of many heated debates over issues such as economic policy, affirmative action, and skills shortages. Government has opted for racially defined redress while many of its critics recommend class as a more appropriate organising principle.
The contributors to this volume challenge both perspectives. Both scholars and activists, and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the authors explore the issues within four broad themes: the economy, education, sport and the civil service. Addressing the scholarly community, civil society and government, each of the authors brings their own unique perspectives to this question which is so crucial to the future of South Africa.
Dr Kristina Bentley is an independent scholar in the area of human rights and justice and a former Chief Research Specialist in the Democracy and Governance research progamme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She was previously with the Open Society in South Africa. In 2001, she completed her PhD in the Department of Governance at the University of Manchester. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications including An African Peace Process: Mandela, South Africa and Burundi (HSRC Press) and Whose Right Is It Anyway? Equality, culture and conflicts of rights in South Africa (HSRC Press).
Professor Adam Habib is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Advancement at University of Johannesburg. Having studied at a mix of South African and American Universities, Professor Habib graduated with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Kwazulu Natal, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand, and his MPhil and PhD from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has held academic appointments over the last decade at the Universities of Durban-Westville and KwaZulu-Natal and at the Human Sciences Research Council where he was Executive Director of the Democracy and Governance research programme. In 2004, he served as the founding director of the Centre for Civil Society and a research professor in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a position he has retained in a part-time capacity.
Jeremy Seekings - Professor of Political Studies and Sociology, University of Cape Town
The meanings of "race" and its implications for political and social citizenship are of crucial importance to South Africa today. This volume opens up important avenues of enquiry and focuses attention of key aspects of the topic.
African Book Publishing Record, Vol. XXXV, No. 4, 2009
"It [Racial Redress & Citizenship in South Africa] is most valuable reading for anyone with an interest in South Africa, and for anyone with a general interest in issues of redress for past injustice in divided societies."
- Dr Jill Cottrell, University of Hong Kong
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