Political Identity and Social Change: The Remaking of the by Jamie Frueh

By Jamie Frueh

Political id and Social swap builds upon the constructivist idea of political identification to discover the social adjustments that observed the top of apartheid in South Africa. to achieve a greater figuring out of the way buildings of identification replaced in addition to the remainder of South Africa’s associations, Frueh analyzes 3 social and political conflicts: the Soweto uprisings of 1976, the reformist constitutional debates of 1983–1984, and post-apartheid crime. reading those conflicts demonstrates how id labels functionality as buildings of social discourse, how social task is prepared via those constructions, and the way either the labels and their strength have replaced through the process South Africa’s transition. during this manner, the e-book contributes not just to the examine of South African society, but in addition presents classes concerning the dating among id and social switch.

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60 Because constructivism asserts that reality is based in social assessments of importance rather than some nature inherent in the material world, the kinds of descriptive labels that Political Science currently considers political—citizenship, class, ethnicity, gender, development, civilization, and a few others—are not naturally so. Every description carries an implicit cleavage—those who are cub scouts and those who are not—and, in the context of modern dualities, differences carry judgments and implications for power.

A THEORY OF POLITICAL IDENTITY 25 Scholars who privilege power, agency, and change use the concept of identity to talk about the boundaries that separate people into groups and the politics of those boundaries. The set of boundaries available in the dominant traditions of Political Science, however, is very limited. Most modern thinking about global politics (and by implication most politics on a global scale) tends to focus on one of a very select set of reified manifestations of group identity—nations, classes, blocs, or levels of economic development (and perhaps a few others).

Social arrangements function not only to synchronize behavior, but also to regulate even the perception of events and objects. This social selforchestration produces a harmony in the perception of objects and events, and 14 POLITICAL IDENTITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE “correct” ways for members to approach, analyze, and act with respect to the world. The existence of legitimated, normal patterns of everyday life decreases the randomness of human interaction with the world, particularly with other actors.

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