The Apartheid Legacy in South Africa

Chiara Siobhan Bosboom & Heidi Nilsson Smith

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The analysis of this project is centered around the construction of apartheid rationalities, which would lead to the massive repressive administrative practices and institutions of apartheid and give birth to the Bantustans. The Bantustans would focus towards creating and enforcing various ethnic identities on an African population, that was being stripped of rights and made foreigners of South Africa. To trace the formation, creation and later on manifestation of the governing rationalities of apartheid this project is analyzed through theoretical concepts of Michel Foucault. The project is split up into four parts. The first part deals with the colonial era of South Africa and the segregationism initiated by the British. The second part seeks towards analyzing the origins of the apartheid rationality through examining the Afrikaner community that played a central role, alongside investigating the shift that happened amongst the native commissioners during the transition from segregationism to apartheid and the situation of the chiefs. The third part is orientated around the apartheid era, where it analyses the legislations, chieftaincy and other means used to implement the separate development envisioned by the apartheid ideology. The last part features a discussion between Mahmood Mamdani, Barbara Oomen and Lungisile Ntsebeza centered around investigating how and to what extent were parts of the apartheid rationalities carried over into post-apartheid South Africa. In the end this project concludes that there are remnants of the apartheid rationalities left in contemporary society, however the legitimacy of these institutions and practices should be questioned.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2013
VejledereJensen Steffen


  • apartheid
  • homelands