Seeing past race. The politics of the Human Rights Commission inquiry into racial representation in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Paper presented at PennState University
      by Guy Berger, 12 March 2001

In South Africa's transition from apartheid, the country's Human Rights Commission Inquiry into racism in the media serves as an index of racial identity and racial representation in that changing country. Race factors played an important part in determining responses to the Inquiry, which entailed significant re-racializations of identities. The process ensured that racial identity in journalism was put on the agenda, and that the representation of race in the media became a subject of debate and scrutiny. , By revealing the constructed political nature of such identities, the Inquiry could assist in further transition away from the legacy of Apartheid                


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