Blending in the Rainbow Nation

Blending in the Rainbow Nation : The Racial Integration of Schools and Its Implications for Reconciliation in Post-apartheid South Africa

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Blending in the Rainbow Nation takes a critical and detailed look at the young generation in post-Apartheid South Africa and examines ways in which members of the group relate to and engage with the post-Apartheid process of social and political reconciliation. To investigate whether and to what extent such processes are in fact taking place, Tihanyi focuses on the institution of the school, each one carefully chosen to represent the full range of economic and racial diversity present in the Cape Town area of South Africa. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this book presents the schools through vignettes rich in detail, which in turn feeds into an analysis of the success and failures of racial integration and the consequent impact of these processes on reconciliation. In addition to presenting an analysis of the present situation, this wonderfully clear and well-written work also proposes potential solutions to some of the current challenges being more

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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 18mm | 381.02g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739112457
  • 9780739112458

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Much has been written about the reconciliation process in post-apartheid South Africa, but Tihanyi's ethnographic study of 11th grade students in Cape Town is the first to examine this important theme with reference to equity in education. The author makes a compelling case that reconciliation in the schools will be a long process and will not succeed without significant restitution. She reminds us that in the schools, as in the rest of South African society, history matters. -- Helen F. Ladd, Duke University, co-author of Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post Apartheid South Africa Kristztina Tihanyi's book is a useful addition to the literature on youth, race, and reconciliation in South Africa. Through a study of eight high schools in the Cape Town area, Tihanyi provides thoughtful insights into how youth of differing races and socio-economic backgrounds negotiate the everyday challenges of living in a society in transition. -- Nadine Dolby, Purdue University, author of Constructing Race: Youth, Identity, and Popular Culture in South Africashow more

About Krisztina Tihanyi

Krisztina Tihanyi is a Visiting Scholar in Cornell University's Peace Studies Program and Chief Operating Officer for Market Matters, Inc. (Ithaca, NY). She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Relevant historical and contemporary settings Chapter 3 Portraits of integration Chapter 4 Assessing Integration Chapter 5 Can integration lead to reconciliation? Chapter 6 Appendix 1: Desegregation in the United Statesshow more