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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Class, Distribution and Redistribution in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Authors:Seekings, JeremyISNI
Nattrass, Nicoli J.ISNI
Year:2002
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Issue:50
Pages:1-30
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:social inequality
social structure
employment
wealth
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation/v050/50.1seekings.pdf
Abstract:Social and economic change has eroded the correlation between race and class in South Africa. High levels of inequality are increasingly based on intraracial not interracial inequalities. During the 1990s, there has been a shift towards higher paid, better skilled workers. Furthermore, six years into the postapartheid era, the distributional regime remains the same as it had been during the late apartheid era. But, whereas the apartheid distributional regime was premised on full employment, the postapartheid distributional regime operates in the context of high unemployment. The absence of any welfare net for the unemployed constitutes a major problem. The most striking change in South African society in the 1990s has been the accelerated growth of the black or African middle class. A reduction in inequality requires a more egalitarian and effective educational system, broader access to employment (through job creation), promotion of worker ownership, and reforms to the welfare system. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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