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Author Erasmus, Zimitri, author

Title Race otherwise : forging a new humanism for South Africa / Zimitri Erasmus
Published Johannesburg : Wits University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (xxvii, 195 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, color maps
Summary In Race Otherwise: Forging a New Humanism for South Africa Zimitri Erasmus questions the notion that one can know 'race' with one's eyes, or through racial categories and or genetic ancestry tests. She moves between the intimate probing of racial identities as we experience them individually, and analysis of the global historical forces that have created these identities and woven them into our thinking about what it means to be 'human'. Starting from her own family's journeys through regions of the world and ascribed racial identities, she develops her argument about how it is possible to recognise the pervasiveness of race thinking without submitting to its power. Drawing on the theoretical work of Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter and others, Erasmus argues for a new way of 'coming to know otherwise', of seeing the boundaries between racial identities as thresholds to be crossed, through politically charged acts of imagination and love
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Humanism -- South Africa
Racism -- South Africa
Race awareness -- South Africa
Apartheid -- South Africa.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Race awareness.
South Africa.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781776141845