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I am a cultural anthropologist focusing on South Africa's transition to democracy, particularly as it impacts young people from historically oppressed communities.


While apartheid officially ended in 1994, many South Africans today continue to live under de facto segregation and still experience poverty and extreme inequality. Nonetheless, older generations often wax nostalgic for a time when life seemed more secure, when children were subservient to their elders, and when cultural practices were not threatened by national rights legislation. What do these differential experiences of democracy mean for the next generation of South African citizens?