Whites and Democracy in South Africa
Please join us for a virtual book launch and conversation with Roger Southall, Joanne Joseph and Christi van der Westhuizen.
The conversation will be centred around the book's central theme, which questions how whites have responded politically to the arrival of democracy in South Africa. It asks the following questions:
-What is the place and role of whites in South Africa today?
-Are whites genuinely willing participants in a 'non-racial democracy', willing to forego the racial privileges of the past?
-Have they proved reluctant to relinquish power?
Roger Southall argues that many whites have chosen to embrace the freedoms that democracy had offered.
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Prof Roger Southall
Roger Southall is Emeritus Professor in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand and Professorial Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS. His books include Liberation Movements in Power: Party and State in Southern Africa (2013) and The New Black Middle Class in South Africa (2016).
Joanne Joseph is a respected author and media presenter with 25-years of experience in the industry. She has been an Afternoon Drive talk show host on Talk Radio 702, and has presented several news and current affairs shows over the years on the SABC and eNCA. Joanne has a Bachelor's degree in English and Drama and Film, and her Honours and Master's degrees in Modern Languages, Literatures and Media from Wits University. She is currently studying toward a PhD in African Literature, at Wits.
Prof Christi van der Westhuizen
Prof Christi van der Westhuizen (D. Phil.) is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. Her publications include the monographs ‘White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party’ (2007) and ‘Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa’ (2017), and she is co-editor (with S Hunter) of the ‘Routledge International Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness’ (2022).