The Racialising Process: Whites Writing Whiteness in Letters, South Africa 1770s-1970s

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Abstract

The Racialising Process explores how white people from the 1770s to the 1970s in South Africa depicted whiteness and its racialised Others of black, coloured, Indian Chinese and other groups, focusing on their letters. It discusses many detailed examples drawn from a wide array of letters and explores the complexities in what people wrote and how to interpret this. It shows that there has been a long term racialising process with distinctive features organised around regulation and categorisation, making the South African experience significantly different from the ‘de/civilising process’ that the sociologist Norbert Elias identified in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherX Press Independent Publisher
Number of pages288
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781521403648
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2017

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