These `interventions' are spurred by what in South Africa today is
a buzz-phrase: social cohesion. The term, or concept, is bandied
about with little reflection by leaders or spokespeople in
politics, business, labour, education, sport, entertainment and the
media. Yet, who would not wish to live in a socially cohesive
society? How, then, do we apply the ideal in the daily round when
diversity of language, religion, culture, race and the economy too
often supersedes our commitment to a common citizenry? How do we
live together rather than live apart? Such questions provoke the
purpose of these interventions. The interventions - essays, which
are short, incisive, at times provocative - tackle issues that are
pertinent to both living together and living apart:
equality/inequality, public pronouncement, xenophobia, safety,
chieftaincy in modernity, gender-based abuse, healing, the law,
education, identity, sport, new `national' projects, the role of
the arts, South Africa in the world. In focusing on such issues,
the essays point towards the making of a future, in which a
critical citizenry is key to a healthy society. Contributors
include leading academics and public figures in South Africa today:
Christopher Ballantine, Ahmed Bawa, Michael Chapman, Jacob Dlamini,
Jackie Dugard, Kira Erwin, Nicole Fritz, Michael Gardiner, Gerhard
Mare, Monique Marks, Rajend Mesthrie, Bonita Meyersfeld, Leigh-Ann
Naidoo, Njabulo S. Ndebele, Kathryn Pillay, Faye Reagon, Brenda
Schmahmann, Himla Soodyall, David Spurrett and Thuto Thipe.
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