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Author Seekings, Jeremy, author.

Title Class, race, and inequality in South Africa / Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass.

Imprint New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, ©2005.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 446 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-437) and index.
Contents Introduction: states, markets, and inequality -- South African society on the eve of apartheid -- Social change and income inequality under apartheid -- Apartheid as a distributional regime -- The rise of unemployment under apartheid -- Income inequality at apartheid's end -- Social stratification and income inequality at the end of apartheid -- Did the unemployed constitute an underclass? -- Income inequality after apartheid -- The post-apartheid distributional regime -- Transforming the distributional regime.
Summary The distribution of incomes in South Africa in 2004, ten years after the transition to democracy, was probably more unequal than it had been under apartheid. In this book, Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass explain why this is so, offering a detailed and comprehensive analysis of inequality in South Africa from the mid-twentieth century to the early twenty-first century. They show that the basis of inequality shifted in the last decades of the twentieth century from race to class. Formal deracialisation of public policy did not reduce the actual disadvantages experienced by the poor nor the advantages of the rich. The fundamental continuity in patterns of advantage and disadvantage resulted from underlying continuities in public policy, or what Seekings and Nattrass call the 'distrributional regime'. The post-apartheid distributional regime continues to divide South Africans into insiders and outsiders: the insiders, now increasingly multi-racial, enjoy good access to well-paid, skilled jobs; the outsiders lack skills and employment.
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Subject Income distribution -- South Africa.
Apartheid -- Economic aspects -- South Africa.
Social classes -- South Africa.
Labor market -- South Africa.
Education and state -- South Africa.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Nattrass, Nicoli, author.
Other Form: Print version: Seekings, Jeremy. Class, race, and inequality in South Africa. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2005 0300108923 (DLC) 2005008316 (OCoLC)58721219
ISBN 9780300128758 (electronic bk.)
0300128754 (electronic bk.)