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1 Apartheid and Post-apartheid Week 22 Ethnicity and ‘Race’

2 Recap Considered complexity of concepts and terms and the contested and political nature of theories of ‘race’ and racism Considered ideas about nationalism, ethnicity identity and migration Considered how different forms of imperialism had similar discourses and reasoning

3 Outline Look at the Apartheid system in South Africa Consider the changes since the ending of Apartheid Consider the concept of new racism

4 Definition of Apartheid Simms (2000) argues that: ‘Apartheid was a political system that granted material and social privilege to White South Africans and ensured that they monopolize political power so as to maintain that privilege’ Simms (2000) Black Theology, a weapon in the struggle for freedom Race and Society 2(2)

5 Development of Apartheid Roots of Apartheid trace back to colonialism Separation of ‘races’ key element in history of the area 1913 Natives Land Act forced Black people off the land into ‘reserves’ Employment segregation began to be legally enforced

6 National Party In 1948, The National Party won an election based on racial segregation and support for poor Afrikaners. Laws began to be introduced including: –The Race Classification Act. –The Mixed Marriages Act. –The Group Areas Act.

7 Racial Classification By 1950, 4 official categories of people established: –White –Black –Coloured (Mixed-race) –Asian (sometimes called Indian) Segregation was enforced for housing, employment, education, social services

8 Passbooks Nonwhites had to carry passbooks Stated legal residence and employment Spot checks by police common Punishment through expelling to ‘homelands’

9 ‘Homelands’ The creation of homelands meant that legally Black citizens were no longer citizens of south Africa In practice, this prevented non-white residents in South Africa from having political rights They held ‘guestworker’ status in white South-Africa

10 Ideological enforcement Simms argues that apartheid was hegemonic: –Churches sanctioned it Makes it right –State institutionalised it Makes it legal –Schools supported itMade it reasonable

11 Christianity was used to justify the apartheid system, does this surprise you? How do you think its ideological ideas related into the other institutions of state and education?

12 ‘Resettlement', During the 1960s and 1970s Black people were forced to move to ‘designated group areas‘ These were mass evictions In 1955 over 50,000 residents were forcibly removed from Sophiatown to a new township Soweto

13 Petty Apartheid Under section 37 of the Durban Beach By-Laws This Bathing Area is reserved for the sole use of the white race group

14 Apartheid Ends Political protests both inside and outside of South Africa led to the dismantling of Apartheid. In 1994 the ANC won the first nonracial election and Mandela becomes president Forms Government of National Unity.

15 New Racism? Since legal enforced separation ended a new form of segregation has emerged Segregation achieved through: –‘ Exercising preference’ –Emphasising cultural ‘differences’ –‘Market-forces’

16 New Racism? New racism avoids overt racism Linked to class differences (ignores racialised poor) Leads to ‘natural’ division in education, neighbourhood and employment

17 Retaining White privilege? Durrheim and Dixon (2000) argue that ‘Arguments about culture allow speakers to downplay or ignore the recent and longer political history of South Africa, while they transform segregation into an a- moral and a-political natural inevitability’ Durrheim and Dixon (2000) Theories of culture in racist discourse Race and Society

18 ‘Natural’ Segregation New emphasis on cultural differences between ‘races’ emerging Hierarchies remain with white culture marked as superior ‘Natural’ cultural segregation encourages discrediting of anti-racist policies and practices as unreasonable and unnatural

19 Separate and unequal? Walkers study of a former white Afrikaans University found segregation institutionalised Running dual classes in English and Afrikaans meant that some white students never have classes with black students Whilst formally mixed, student residences maintain unofficial ‘white-only’ areas Some white students felt more able to communicate with Black ‘servants’ than other students

20 Economic apartheid The ANC Government has embraced the liberal ‘market’ Racialised exclusion of the poor is increasing Battles over evictions and privatised water are increasingly commonplace

21 Do you think cultural and economic apartheid will be overcome more or less easily than the previous apartheid system?

22 Summary Apartheid was the logical conclusion of the imperial ideas and Social Darwinism It separated every aspect of social lives Although direct racism is no longer acceptable ‘new racism’ focuses on cultural differences


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