Racism out of fear of crime in South Africa and the complexity of discrimination through interdisciplinary qualitative research
A qualitative ethnographic approach in South Africa finds a very low persistence of supremacist ideology while many admit adopting excluding attitudes towards blacks based on a high concern about crime, something akin to attitudes seen round the world towards foreing people or collectives thought to carry a greater risk to transmit coronavirus. The research highlights the complex nature of racism and exclusion in today’s South Africa, in contrast with the basic aproach exposed in the governmental plan NAP that simplifyies the issue pointing to predemocratic times as the cause of the problem and the need of tackling poverty as the answer. Promoting qualitative analisis is going to be basic to understand the complexity of today’s phenomenon in its bio-phsyco-social-cultural interrelated dimensions.
Andres Ramirez Puerto