270 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012
Foreword by Jonathan Jansen.
Crain Soudien analyses how the ongoing pre-occupation with race continues to be played out in the lives of post-apartheid South African school students and how this prevents the evolution of new ways of understanding.
""A sterling example of scholarship out-of-bounds precisely because it is grounded in lived reality. Crain Soudien enables movement from proscribed to capacious possibilities for personhood, sociability and for knowledge (un)making and sharing. From this place of 'big mind' he writes not only against but through 'race', piercing its countless mutations en route to wide-open anti-racial reasoning. Steeped in history, Soudien's 'new critical sociology' walks with history into a possible future. 'Realising the Dream' will have prize place on the shelves of readers interested in difference as a catalyst for - not a hindrance to - becoming more human. This work is saturated with an ethic of care and quiet defiance. It is both seminal and beautiful." Zimitri Erasmus, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand
Crain Soudien is a professor in Education and formerly the Director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town.