Constructing Race: Youth, Identity, and Popular Culture in South Africa

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SUNY Press, Aug 30, 2001 - Education - 156 pages
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As apartheid crumbled in South Africa, racial identity was thrown into question. Based on a year-long ethnographic study of a multiracial high school in Durban, this book explores how youth make meaning of the still powerful, yet changing, idea of race. In a world saturated with media images and global commodities, fashion and music become charged, polarized racial identifiers. As youth engage with this world, race simultaneously persists and falters, providing us with a glimpse into the future of race both within South Africa and throughout urban youth cultures worldwide.
  

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Contents

Foreword
1
Acknowledgements
5
RETHINKING SELVES IDENTITIES AND CHANGE
7
HISTORICAL FRAMES APARTHEID IDENTITY AND SCHOOLING
19
DAILY LIFE AT FERNWOOD
31
SHIFTING GROUND THE CHANGING CONTEXT OF RACE AT FERNWOOD
47
CREATING RACE THE ROLE OF TASTE IN YOUTHS PRODUCTION OF IDENTITIES
63
BORDERWORK CONFLICT AND CONNECTION
79
THE TEXTURE OF THE BORDER PORTRAITS OF INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS
95
THE FUTURES OF RACE
111
Negotiating Place Reflections on Method Theory and Being There
119
Notes
133
References
139
Index
151
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Nadine E. Dolby is Assistant Professor of Education at Northern Illinois University.