n Historia - The making and staging of Coloured identity
Burdened by Race : Coloured Identities in Southern Africa, M. Adhikari (Ed.) : book review

Volume 57, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The title of Mohamed Adhikari's edited collection foregrounds the salience of race in identity construction in the southern African context. In the case of coloured identity, however, the usual opposition of black-white becomes complicated by what Grant Farred calls "the problematic of the middle". Farred argues that "the interstices is a precarious, embattled, under- and (frequently) unrecognised space", one in which the privileging of primary opposition "overwrites (and undermines) the struggles of groups whose racial identity is more vexed and complicated". This book considers the individuals who occupy this space as well as the ambiguities, contradictions and contestations associated with this position.

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