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Book Launch 'Race for Education. Gender, White Tone, and Schooling in South...

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B103, Brunei Building, SOAS University of London

Thornhaugh street

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Following the end of apartheid in 1994, the ANC government placed education at the centre of its plans to build a nonracial and more equitable society. Yet, by the 2010s a wave of student protests voiced demands for decolonised and affordable education. By following families and schools in Durban for nearly a decade, Mark Hunter sheds new light on South Africa's political transition and the global phenomenon of education marketisation. He rejects simple descriptions of the country's move from 'race to class apartheid' and reveals how 'white' phenotypic traits like skin colour retain value in the schooling system even as the multiracial middle class embraces prestigious linguistic and embodied practices the book calls 'white tone'. By illuminating the actions and choices of both white and black parents, Hunter provides a unique view on race, class and gender in a country emerging from a notorious system of institutionalised racism.

Published by The International African Library, pp. Vii-Viii). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


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Mark Hunter is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His first book Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa won the 2010 Amaury Talbot Prize, and the 2010 C. Wright Mills Award.

Discussants: Dr Jennifer Robinson (UCL) and Deborah Posel (UCT)

Chair: Dr Harri Englund (University of Cambridge)


The event is followed by drinks reception

The event is supported by:

Southern Africa Seminar Series, University of London, https://www.gold.ac.uk/southern-africa/

Conversations in Bloomsbury Series, Centre for English Studies, SOAS, https://www.soas.ac.uk/english-studies/events/conversations-in-bloomsbury/index.php?showprevious=1

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