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Why Race Matters in South Africa

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$21.50 • £17.95 • €19.50

ISBN 9780674063891

Publication Date: 03/05/2012


256 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Why Race Matters is an exposure of the intimate link between racialism and political economic power, how in Neville Alexander’s words, a nonracial capitalism is impossible, as it is also a devastating critique of the limitations of liberal non-racialism, conceived as the ‘representation of identities.’ But it is also, for political theorists, a paradigmatic case study of a future perfect (not subjunctive) politics of the impossible, an empirical enactment of a non-racialism to come.—Diane Rubenstein, Political Theory

This book is a tour de force… [It’s] a rich, subtle, and analytically powerful account of the persistence of race in political and economic systems that are ostensibly race-blind.—Courtney Jung, Comparativ

Why Race Matters in South Africa is rare and important work. A probing study of South African racialism before and after apartheid, this is also social science with historical and theoretical depth, political theory with deep empirical grounding, and political economy fruitfully supplemented by political theory and cultural analysis. The writing is wonderfully clear and compelling, and the analysis is complex and insightful. This book should be of interest to a wide range of scholars, including those in comparative politics, African politics, state theory, theories of race and ethnicity, and political and cultural theories of identity.—Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley

Why Race Matters in South Africa is an important and timely book for both its theoretical and its empirical contributions. It fills a void to engage what is an increasingly central debate on the politics of economic power and race in South Africa and beyond. This book offers a thoughtful academic analysis of pressing current issues which are central to any meaningful discussion of the very nature of democracy, identity, and political economy.—Elke Zuern, Sarah Lawrence College

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