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Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa

Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass


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. The authors of this book 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 deracialization of public policy did not reduce the actual disadvantages experienced by the poor nor the advantages of the rich. Th ... More

Keywords: incomes, apartheid, inequality, race, class, deracialization, public policy, distributional regime, employment, South Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300108927
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Seekings, author

Nicoli Nattrass, author