"Race", resentment and racism: transformation in South Africa

Thomas Blaser Brigitte Bagnol Zethu Matebeni Anne Simon Sandra Manuel About the authors

From a qualitative perspective, this paper analyses how "black" people in South Africa strive to overcome and ressignify the marks of a history of repression and "racial" marginalization. We will follow the trajectory of Mpho, a "black" woman, with the objective to reflect on how the intersection of "race" and gender involve situations of negotiation, cohersion, ressentment and refusal. We will study how some individuals reorganize their network of sociability in post-apartheid South Africa with a focus on the "field of possibilities" available for different "racial" groups.

Reconciliation; Race; Racism; Gender; Johannesburg; South Africa


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