n English in Africa - Three texts and the moral economy of race in South Africa, c.1890-1910
|Article Title||Three texts and the moral economy of race in South Africa, c.1890-1910|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University|
|Publication Date||Aug 2012|
|Pages||11 - 50|
In the years since the Second World War, most attempts at explaining manifestations of racism have hinged on the trope of displacement intrinsic to the concept of "ideology." What is posited is a historical process in which social groups rationalize their pursuit of advantage by displacing it onto contiguous, justificatory discourses. While gesturing towards the origins of racism in pre-modern, rigidly stratified forms of social organization, such a narrative emphasizes the modernity of the phenomenon as it is generally understood today by construing it as a product of the competition for advantage - power, status, authority, material well-being - in a (world) system which is based on such competition, capitalism.
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