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Title:Pride and Prejudice: The Ethnicity Factor in the Making of the San
Author:Mazonde, Isaac N.
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:social inequality
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:Studies on the San (Botswana) have taken the ethnicity issue as a given, without problematizing it in the quest to understand the reason for the deep-seated prejudice surrounding the San. This paper addresses the ethnicity issue in order to explain the persistent contempt with which the San are held by the mainstream black communities of the country. The paper recognizes that the negative attitude towards the San is a complex issue and that many factors are at play, yet it locates the ethnicity factor at the core of these complexities. Attention is paid to the ethnicity question within the rural areas dwellers (RAD) settlements, which are made up of different peoples, including the San; the 1993 regional conference on development programmes for the San/Basarwa populations of Botswana and Namibia, which is seen as a critical turning point for the San in that they could express their own views; the continued denial of constitutional rights to the San; and the importance of formal education for San children. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]