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Contesting Post-RacialismConflicted Churches in the United States and South Africa$
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R. Drew Smith, William Ackah, Anthony G. Reddie, and Rothney S. Tshaka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462005

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.001.0001

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Church Youth Activism and Political and Economic Constraints within “Post-Racial” South Africa

Church Youth Activism and Political and Economic Constraints within “Post-Racial” South Africa

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(p.122) Church Youth Activism and Political and Economic Constraints within “Post-Racial” South Africa
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Contesting Post-Racialism
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Chabo Freddy Pilusa

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.003.0007

With the release of Nelson Mandela and other struggle heroes from prison in the early 1990s, followed by the democratic elections of 1994, hopes increased about prospects for moving beyond the racial injustices and hostilities of the past. Almost twenty years later, South Africa still remains, in most respects, a racially polarised nation, a nation lacking in social cohesion, and a nation demarcated into two segments, one white and rich and the other black and poor. The chapter reflects on the activism of young people within this “new” South African context, with reference to the role of the church, and against the backdrop of South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution.

Keywords:   South Africa, youth, constitution, race, class

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