As ongoing controversies demonstrate, race in particular continues to galvanise and polarise public opinion in South Africa. Categories of Persons challenges the rhetoric of contemporary race and social discourse and offers alternative ways of looking at how we present ourselves and look at one another in South Africa today.
From taxi rides to cross-dressing, inter-race marriages to living with disability and off-beat topics in between, the personal and evocative contributions from Neels Blom, Jacob Dlamini, Megan Jones, Antony Kaminju, Antjie Krog, Karen Lazar, Riaan Oppelt, Verashni Pillay and Kopano Ratele, are guaranteed to challenge assumptions about what it means to be ‘able-bodied’, ‘black’, ‘white’, ‘Indian’ or ‘coloured’ as they narrate encounters and experiences that transcend racial and social stereotyping.
CONTRIBUTORS: Neels Blom, Jacob Dlamini, Megan Jones, Antony Kaminju, Antjie Krog, Karen Lazar, Riaan Oppelt, Verashni Pillay and Kopano Ratele.
FOREWORD BY NJABULO S. NDEBELE
‘This thought-provoking and intriguing book explores a robust space of expanding and interacting identities that might just be the space for South Africa’s future politics.’ – Njabulo S. Ndebele