AAS 453 - Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Culture, Class and Conflict in Southern Africa
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In 1994, observers proclaimed the end of apartheid in South Africa a "miracle" and applauded the creation of a vibrant, inclusive democracy in that country. Nearly quarter of a century later, vast economic inequalities remain, unemployment has worsened, and urban voters are beginning to abandon the ruling African National Congress. Is democracy in danger in South Africa? Why have economic disparities persisted? How are South African citizens navigating political and economic hardships and expressing their discontent? This course explores the legacy of apartheid and the resulting spatial compartmentalization of housing, neighborhoods, schools, clincis, and social life in South Africa. It will investigate the institutionalization of racist and segregationist legislation under apartheid, as well as the protests and resistance that followed from such acts. We will examine the legacies left by legislation such as the Group Areas Act that defined living space according to the colour of one's skin or the Bantu Education Act, which created separate educational experiences for whites and blacks. The course will cover successive democratic elections since 1994 and discuss the contemporary challenges posed by the lack of jobs, housing, and other goods; the ANC as a dominant party; persistent educational inequities; and the strains of urbanization and immigration. Finally, we will also examine the expression of hope and resistance in popular culture, from radio programs and blogs to student demonstrations. Where appropriate, we will draw on theoretical and empirical research in comparative politics to situate the South African experience in relation to other countries that have had a history of segregation and/or have undergone transitions to democracy.


AAS 453 - Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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