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 7. Politics, Power and Future Challenges
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POLITICS, POWER AND FUTURE CHALLENGES
Power dynamics and political processes influence the social and economic fabric of our lives in numerous ways. This chapter discusses perceptions regarding political power and leadership in Durban specifically and South Africa more generally. Included in this examination is the support for political parties. Furthermore, perceptions in relation to the challenges that households and communities/society in general face are examined since they are closely linked to political aspects.
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