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Centering Race, Gender, and Colonialism in Post-Apartheid South Africa’s Post-Racial Social Theory

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This paper analyzes the emergence of post-raciality in post-apartheid social theory and critiques the polarizing notion that race as an “old” identity cannot stand alongside “new” identities such as gender, youth identities, urban identity, refugee status, migrant identities, and glbt identities. In this essay I discuss the insistence that post-apartheid social theory turn away from the category of race in post-apartheid South Africa in order to make room for new identities and new social relations. Instead of re-invoking a debate about whether race is still significant in post-apartheid South Africa, I describe the possibilities of mapping race alongside new identities because of the potency of race as a shaper and a technology for describing and interacting with other social formations and social relations. My investigation is concerned with the paradox of a turn toward the fictivity of history and memory at the same time that massive numbers of blacks have become publicly recognized through the TRC process as being public agents and co-makers of history and memory. My method takes up apartheid era social theory which foregrounded intersectionality and illuminates the roots of post-raciality’s problem with race as a social identity.

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post-raciality, race in post-apartheid South Africa, intersectionality, race/class/gender/colonialism, Nadine Gordimer, Marlene Van Niekerk, dependency, contingency, misery
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Willoughby-Herard, Tiffany. "Centering Race, Gender, and Colonialism in Post-Apartheid South Africa’s Post-Racial Social Theory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCOBPS 41st Annual Meeting, Doubletree Hotel-Buckhead, Atlanta, GA, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p406337_index.html>

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Willoughby-Herard, T. , 2010-03-18 "Centering Race, Gender, and Colonialism in Post-Apartheid South Africa’s Post-Racial Social Theory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCOBPS 41st Annual Meeting, Doubletree Hotel-Buckhead, Atlanta, GA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p406337_index.html

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Abstract: This paper analyzes the emergence of post-raciality in post-apartheid social theory and critiques the polarizing notion that race as an “old” identity cannot stand alongside “new” identities such as gender, youth identities, urban identity, refugee status, migrant identities, and glbt identities. In this essay I discuss the insistence that post-apartheid social theory turn away from the category of race in post-apartheid South Africa in order to make room for new identities and new social relations. Instead of re-invoking a debate about whether race is still significant in post-apartheid South Africa, I describe the possibilities of mapping race alongside new identities because of the potency of race as a shaper and a technology for describing and interacting with other social formations and social relations. My investigation is concerned with the paradox of a turn toward the fictivity of history and memory at the same time that massive numbers of blacks have become publicly recognized through the TRC process as being public agents and co-makers of history and memory. My method takes up apartheid era social theory which foregrounded intersectionality and illuminates the roots of post-raciality’s problem with race as a social identity.


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