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 8. Conclusion
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The main focus of the book was on discussing general trends emerging from data collected in the SDB area. Issues of identity, social interaction and a sense of place have assumed increased significance in society as social, economic and political challenges become more prevalent and pervasive. However, it is important to note that a significant proportion of the respondents are interacting with people from other race groups and barriers are being broken down. This concluding chapter presents a summary of the findings and provides a further examination of the implications of these results. This is followed by key recommendations emanating from the study.
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