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What Racists Believe
Race Relations in South Africa and the United States



February 1995 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Despite its legal abolition, racial inequality persists in many democratic societies. Entering a new era of democracy, South Africa is endeavouring to dismantle its legally structured system of inequality. In practice, however, the structures of consciousness which gave rise to and nurtured a system of white privilege and predominance are tenacious and enduring.

In What Racists Believe, Gerhard Schutte examines evidence which illustrates how the consciousness of whites in South Africa has been reproduced and maintained, revealing a range of social constructions and typifications of blacks. He concludes with a chapter comparing contemporary racial attitudes in South Africa and the United States.

 
Introduction
 
Perspective
White Solidarity?  
 
The Emergence of the Past
 
The Construction of the Present
Official, Media and Religious Versions  
 
Public Discourse and the Reconstruction of South Africa I
Right-Wing Perspectives  
 
Public Discourse and the Reconstruction of South Africa II
Government, Corporate and Academic Perspectives  
 
The World of Whites
Structure and Experience  
 
Whites in the Countryside
 
Whites in Town I
Conservative Perspectives  
 
Whites in Town II
Moderate Perspectives  
 
Race and Discourse
 
Whites in American Race Relations
A Comparison  

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