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Podcast: Kopano Ratele on Masculinity, Identity and Society

2007 marks the 30th anniversary of Steve Biko‘s death. In tribute, The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast presents episodes that explore, explicitly or implicitly, the effect this African philosopher has had on South Africa.

Intergroup RelationsKopano RateleMy recent conversation with Kopano Ratele was held in the light of celebrating Biko’s life – in the sense of pursuing, without fear or favour, the ideas one likes. Ratele has combined his love of ideas, art, people and his understanding of society to fashion one of the most fascinating academic careers in Africa. In an age when human motivation and behaviour are seen to increasingly provide the key to solving the larger issues of peace, security and tolerance, Kopano’s insistence on probing the human psyche within its social and cultural context provides a powerful tool for understanding ourselves.

Kopano RateleKopano has established himself as one of the world’s most original theorists on the pyschology of men. Within the academic world, he has not been afraid to question some of the most deeply held institutional positions, and this has led him to some startling discoveries.

A leading thinker on males, masculinity, identity and intergroup relations, Kopano Ratele is professor in the Institute of Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa. His latest works include the the edited collections, Intergroup Relations and From Boys to Men.

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