Abstract

The problem of economic domination and exploitation has been a central focus of Neville Alexander’s critique of colonial-apartheid South Africa. The refusal to entertain the idea of ‘race’ in abstraction from the more fundamental historical consideration of capitalism – as the systematic foundation of white wealth and privilege – has resulted over the years in his progressive isolation (as an academic and political activist) from the mainstream of liberation politics. For Alexander, the privileging of ‘race’ has created an illusion of freedom insofar as the ‘new’ South Africa has failed to provide a normative foundation for addressing the possibility of social cohesion and national unity from the perspective of historical justice. In this article, I seek to demonstrate that Alexander’s critique of racial capitalism is still of significance and relevance today for those seeking to overcome ‘the legacy of apartheid’.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1726-1368
Print ISSN
0258-7696
Pages
pp. 30-47
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-10
Open Access
No
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