Transitional Policies, Group Identity and Intergroup Relations

  • Cathy Bollaert
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)


This chapter engages with how transitional policies in the ‘new’ South Africa are shaping group identity. It is organised around the way worldview has shaped identities by promoting equality while introducing new class divisions, entrenching fixed notions of identity based on race and gender, and hardening intergroup boundaries. Despite transitional policies being aimed at promoting equality, which is seen as fundamental to reconciliation and sustainable peace, there have been some unintended consequences in that they have also introduced new forms of inequality and insecurity into the society. With South Africa continuing to be a landscape in a struggle over identity and belonging, the chapter also engages with what the impact of transitional policies on identity means for peace-building and how we think about reconciliation.


Transitional policies Intergroup relations Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Affirmative action (In)equality Transformation 


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  • Cathy Bollaert
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  1. 1.Ulster UniversityBelfastUK

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