New South Africa Review 6

New South Africa Review 6


The Crisis of Inequality

Despite the transition from apartheid to democracy, South Africa is the most unequal
country in the world. Its extremes of wealth and poverty undermine intensifying
struggles for a better life for all.

The wide-ranging essays in this sixth volume of the New South African Review
demonstrate how the consequences of inequality extend throughout society and
the political economy, crippling the quest for social justice, polarising the politics,
skewing economic outcomes and bringing devastating environmental consequences
in their wake.

Contributors survey the extent and consequences of inequality across fi elds
as diverse as education, disability, agrarian reform, nuclear geography and small
towns, and tackle some of the most diffi cult social, political and economic issues.
How has the quest for greater equality affected progressive political discourse?
How has inequality reproduced itself, despite best intentions in social policy, to the
detriment of the poor and the historically disadvantaged? How have shifts in mining
and the fi nancialisation of the economy reshaped the contours of inequality? How
does inequality reach into the daily social life of South Africans, and shape the way
in which they interact? How does the extent and shape of inequality in South Africa
compare with that of other major countries of the global South which themselves are
notorious for their extremes of wealth and poverty?

South African extremes of inequality refl ect increasing inequality globally, and
The Crisis of Inequality will speak to all those – general readers, policy makers,
researchers and students – who are demanding a more equal world.