Contact Theory In South Africa

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Racial segregation plays a part in the history of South Africa. An era known as the Apartheid era involved the separation/segregation of different racial groups. Fortunately that era is one of the past. However, some may argue that the effects of the Apartheid era still plague the nation of South Africa. This essay will define contact theory; critically discuss whether inter-racial co-existence (contact theory) necessarily means desegregation. As well as highlight some of the strengths of contact theory and then argue why inter-racial co-existence does not necessarily mean desegregation. Furthermore, this essay will discuss the above mentioned and where applicable, in the context of South African’s Apartheid era along with other research cases regarding contact theory and desegregation. It can be said that in the nation’s present state the racial mixing of previously segregated peoples in South Africa, many may regard this state as desegregation achieved. This essay will demonstrate why that regard is problematic.

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Furthermore, this essay has defined contact theory; critically discussed whether inter-racial co-existence (contact theory) necessarily means desegregation. As well as highlighted some of the strengths of contact theory and then argued why inter-racial co-existence does not necessarily mean desegregation. Also, this essay discussed the above mentioned and where applicable, applied it in the context of South African’s Apartheid era along with other research cases regarding contact theory and desegregation. This essay demonstrated why it is problematic to regard the racial mixing of previously segregated South African’s as desegregation
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