After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa

After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa

by Katherine S. Newman, Ariane De Lannoy

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Twenty years after the end of apartheid, a new generation is building a multiracial democracy in South Africa but remains mired in economic inequality and political conflict.
The death of Nelson Mandela in 2013 arrived just short of the twentieth anniversary of South Africa’s first free election, reminding the world of the promise he represented as the nation’s first Black president.  Despite significant progress since the early days of this new democracy, frustration is growing as inequalities that once divided the races now grow within them as well.
In After Freedom, award-winning sociologist Katherine S. Newman and South African expert Ariane De Lannoy bring alive the voices of the “freedom generation,” who came of age after the end of apartheid. Through the stories of seven ordinary individuals who will inherit the richest, and yet most unequal, country in Africa, Newman and De Lannoy explore how young South Africans, whether Black, White, mixed race, or immigrant, confront the lingering consequences of racial oppression. These intimate portraits illuminate the erosion of old loyalties, the eruption of class divides, and the heated debate over policies designed to redress the evils of apartheid. Even so, the freedom generation remains committed to a united South Africa and is struggling to find its way toward that vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807007471
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Katherine S. Newman is the James Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of twelve books on poverty, the working poor, and the consequences of inequality, including The Accordion Family and The Missing Class. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ariane De Lannoy is a senior researcher at the Children’s Institute and lecturer in the Sociology Department of the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on youth transitions to adulthood in South Africa, and she has published on young adults’ educational decision making, youth belonging and citizenship, and youth violence in a context of poverty. She lives in Cape Town.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER ONE: The People of the Book

CHAPTER TWO: Apartheid Legacies

CHAPTER THREE: Thandiswa’s Struggles

CHAPTER FOUR: The Coconut Dilemma


CHAPTER SIX: The Other Side of the Coloured Divide

CHAPTER SEVEN: The Past Was Wrong, but It Was the Past

CHAPTER EIGHT: Movements and Migrations

CHAPTER NINE: Political Heat

CHAPTER TEN: After Freedom






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