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Title:The Politics of Redress: South African Style
Author:Adam, Kanya
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:black workers
labour recruitment
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161680
Abstract:Affirmative action in South Africa can be understood as a remedial strategy which seeks to address the legal historical exclusion of a majority. Unlike most other countries in which minorities are targetted, in South Africa a previously disenfranchised majority is the beneficiary of such policies. Quite distinct from North American notions of affirmative action, a labour/union driven vision of transforming the living and working conditions of the majority competes with a narrower business advocacy of black advancement as managers in response to market demands. Little resistance is found among white-owned corporations to broaden their recruitment pool by including qualified blacks and women. This article probes the full spectrum of motivations for this 'anticipatory compliance' to potential legislation and the policies of competitors on the basis of field research in South Africa. It assesses the danger of racialized competition and suggests a policy of nonracial, class-based affirmative action as the most feasible way to facilitate reconciliation. Notes, ref.