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Publication - Professor Owen Crankshaw

    Deindustrialization, Professionalization and Racial Inequality in Cape Town

    Citation

    Crankshaw, O, 2012, ‘Deindustrialization, Professionalization and Racial Inequality in Cape Town’. Urban Affairs Review, vol 48., pp. 836-862

    Abstract

    Scholars argue that persistent racial inequality in Cape Town is caused
    by deindustrialization, which has led to high unemployment among blacks
    (Africans, coloreds and Indians) and the polarization of the occupational
    structure into a class of mostly white, highly paid managers and professionals
    and a class of mostly black, low-paid service-sector workers. This study
    shows that deindustrialization has not produced a large class of black low-wage
    service-sector workers. Instead, it has produced a professionalizing
    occupational structure alongside high unemployment. Although whites
    benefited from the growth of the professional and managerial jobs, these
    occupations have been substantially deracialized. The consequence for the
    racial geography of Cape Town is that the city is becoming divided into
    racially mixed middle-class neighborhoods and black working-class neighborhoods characterized by high unemployment.
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