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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 1-02
Social Transformation in Post-Transition South Africa

Outline

This research project will examine various aspects of social transformation in “post-transition” South Africa. Although the inequality that exists in South African society has its origins in the apartheid era, the social problems the country is now facing cannot be explained by the “legacies of apartheid” alone. As such, a closer look at the dynamics of social transformation in the “post-transition” era, i.e. the period after the political transition from apartheid to non-racial democracy, is warranted. For this purpose, we will explore both domestic and international/transnational aspects, as they intertwine with each other and shape South African society. Topics that will be covered by the project include: (1) democratization and new political institutions, (2) achievements and limitations of black economic empowerment, (3) changing economic and diplomatic relations between South Africa and the rest of the world, and (4) the inflow of immigrants to and globalization of South African cities.

Period

April 2010 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] MAKINO Kumiko
[ Co-researchers ] SATO Chizuko
KIMURA Koichiro
YANAI Akiko
AMINAKA Akiyo (Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
FUJIMOTO Yoshihiko (PhD candidate, Hiroshima University)
NISHIURA Akio (Professor, Soka University)
YOSHIDA Eiichi (Associate Professor, Yokohama City University)

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