This chapter seeks to critically explore the origins, historical and socio-political contexts of anti-racist social work practice in South Africa. It recognises competing narratives, histories and discourses that have all sought to influence, structure and control the profession, its interventions and destiny. In the complex and highly racialised historical and socio-political context of South Africa, these critical perspectives help to analyse the structural forces which have sought to shape the lives of South Africans, the social work profession, and social welfare policy and delivery. Anti-racist debates in South Africa, cannot be considered without contextualising this to the country’s diverse socio-economic, political and cultural history, with complex inter-relationships between inequality, land ownership, historical disadvantage, industrialisation and migration. Consequently, various interests have sought to exploit ethnic and racial contexts, and economic and political forces have shaped social inequality with resulting implications for social reproduction.
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