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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.

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Format : 210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 336
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2189-X
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2189-5
Publish Year : 2008
Rights : World Rights
Section 1: Race and Redress in South Africa: Debating the Concepts and Analysing the Statistics
Chapter 1: Racial Redress, National Identity & Citizenship in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Kristina Bentley and Adam Habib
Chapter 2: Counting on 'race': What the surveys say (and do not say) about 'race' and redress
Steven Friedman and Zimitri Erasmus
Section 2: Case Studies of the Public Service, Economy, Education and Sport
2.1 The Public Service
Chapter 3: Affirmative action in the public service: unresolved tension between nativity and non-racialism within African nationalism
Mcebisi Ndletyana
Chapter 4: Assessing Racial Redress in the Public Service
Vinothan Naidoo
Chapter 5: Set-up for failure. Race and Redress in the Department of Public Service and Administration
Ivor Chipkin
2.2 The Economy
Chapter 6: The impact of the Employment Equity Act on the South African labour market
Geoffrey Modisha
Chapter 7: Black Economic Empowerment and externalisation in the South African mining industry
Andries Bezuidenhout
Chapter 8: Transformation in small, medium and micro enterprises
Diana Sanchez
2.3 Education
Chapter 9: The migrating meaning of race and redress in education in South Africa, 1994-2006
Linda Chisholm
Chapter 10: Race, redress and historically Black universities
Sen Morrow
2.4 Sport
Chapter 11: Sport for all? Exploring the boundaries of sport and citizenship in 'liberated' South Africa
Ashwin Desai and Dhevarsha Ramjettan
Chapter 12: Soccer, citizenship, and cosmopolitanism - the contemporary (South) African experience
Ashwin Desai
Section 3: Conclusion
Conceptualising an alternative framework for redress and citizenship
Kristina Bentley and Adam Habib

How successful has redress been so far? Are there alternative methods that may have more beneficial consequences? Listen to the views of Kristina Bentley, Crain Soudien, Geoffrey Modisha, Vinothan Naidoo and Zimitri Erasmus.

Duration: 9 min 26 sec

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.

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