The Politics of Redress: South African Style Affirmative Action
KANYA ADAM a1 fn1
a1 University of British Columbia, and St Peter's College, University of Oxford
AFFIRMATIVE action in South Africa – sometimes referred to by euphemisms such as ‘corrective action’, ‘reverse discrimination’, or ‘positive action’ – can be understood as a remedial strategy which seeks to address the legal historical exclusion of a majority. Unlike most other countries in which minorities are targeted, in South Africa a previously disenfranchised majority is the beneficiary of such policies. Quite distinct from North American notions of affirmative action, a labour/union driven vision of transforming the living and working conditions of the majority competes with a narrower business advocacy of black advancement as managers in response to market demands. Little resistance is found among white-owned corporations to broaden their recruitment pool by including qualified blacks and women.
University of British Columbia, and St Peter's College, University of Oxford.
fn1 Graduate in International Relations, University of British Columbia, and D. Phil. Candidate, St Peter's College, University of Oxford.