oa Alternation - The Politics of Belonging: Socialisation and Identity among Children of Indian Origin in Secondary Schools in Durban

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



As the era of racial and ethnic separateness (apartheid) in South Africa moves further into the annals of history, the new era of integration is being steadily entrenched. While apartheid was internationally condemned and popularly opposed inside the country, a laissez faire type of integration is gradually replacing this system of social rigidity. Apartheid was an exaggerated form of political, economic and social insulation that forbade racial intermingling and sanctioned the existence of separate amenities and living spaces through legislation (Group Areas Act of 1950). However abhorrent apartheid was, it should not be construed that the majority of people had a natural aversion for maintaining social boundaries and a natural inclination to intermingle. In reality, people in all kinds of heterogeneous situations have a proclivity towards demonstrating bonds that emerge out of a sense of 'sameness', as documented in a wide range of literature (Enloe 1973; Levine & Campbell 1972; Eriksen 1993; Miall 1994; Alcock 1994; Pajic 1994; Pries 2000; Saporito & Lareau 1999; Westwood & Phizacklea 2000).

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