Unpacking Socio-Economic, Spatial, and Political Dimensions in the South Durban Basin
Identity Construction and (Mis) Perceptions on Being Black in South Africa: Unpacking Socio-Economic, Spatial, and Political Dimensions in the South Durban Basin presents the research findings of a two-year empirically based study on the politics of race, ethnicity, and identity in Durban, South Africa, among Black or non-White groups, specifically the historical racial categories of African, Indian, and Colored. Research on race and identity politics tends to focus on Black-White relations. Thus, there is a gap in our understanding of ethnic and racial interactions among Blacks. This study challenges the tendency to reduce race to a Black-White binary. The research also recognizes that the examination of differences within and between groups is necessary to understand the complexity of the issues. Its key contributions are in relation to examining the question of identity politics (in terms of nationality, ethnicity, race, class, and gender); unpacking hierarchical and spatial relationships and interactions among and between communities and groups in the home, work places, social arenas, and other public spaces; and highlighting points of conflict/contestation. The main focus is on differential experiences, realities, and perceptions among and between groups.
Chapter 5. The Spatial Dimensions of Race Relations and Perceptions
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THE SPATIAL DIMENSIONS OF RACE RELATIONS AND PERCEPTIONS
This chapter examines the spatial dimensions of race relations and perceptions among historically Black groups in the SDB area. Place/location and space have emerged as critical aspects to understand social interaction, engagement and contestations. While class-based/economic and racial analyzes remain the dominant forms of examining social issues and concerns, the importance of place and context-specific dynamics and resources have increasingly been integrated into relevant research and debates. From a geographical perspective, it is critical that a spatial analysis that encompasses an understanding of place attachment, environmental considerations and perceptions associated with specific localities be integrated.
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