A Literary Exploration Of Ethnocentric Segregation And Discrimination In Bessie Head’s Maru And Gasebalwe Seretse’s The Pursuit Of Xhai

ABSTRACT

This literary thesis explored ethnocentric segregation and discrimination in Bessie Head’s Maru and Gasebalwe Seretse’s The Pursuit of Xhai. The purpose of the study was to investigate the causes and effects of ethnocentric segregation and discrimination amongst ethnic groups as presented in the selected novels. The study was primarily a qualitative desktop research whereby two novels were purposefully selected and analysed. This analysis was informed by the integrated or intergroup threat theory. Integrated or intergroup threat theory posits that perceptions of threat are significant when considering prejudice and discrimination towards nondominant groups. It focuses particularly on the conditions that led to perceptions of threat, which in turn have an impact on attitudes and behaviour. In addition, if individuals feel threatened during an intercultural interaction, including fear of being rejected, embarrassed, ridiculed or exploited by out-group members, unfavourable attitudes towards out-groups are likely to occur. The findings of this study revealed that the Masarwa people appear to be active in eradicating segregation and discrimination by keeping their cultural pride and applying their natural talent of communicating to Mother Earth in escaping danger. Although at some points they were victimised as a low filthy nation and untouchable to the locals, their natural beauty and intelligence brought a bond of a good and loving relationship with the superior ethnic groups. On the other hand, the non-Masarwa people who were against ethnic segregation and discrimination amongst ethnic groups managed to overcome all the challenges from their counterparts. They supported the Masarwa people and protected them warmly in every chaotic situation that occurred.

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APA

SHIGWEDHA, H (2021). A Literary Exploration Of Ethnocentric Segregation And Discrimination In Bessie Head’s Maru And Gasebalwe Seretse’s The Pursuit Of Xhai. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/a-literary-exploration-of-ethnocentric-segregation-and-discrimination-in-bessie-head-s-maru-and-gasebalwe-seretse-s-the-pursuit-of-xhai

MLA 8th

SHIGWEDHA, HILDE "A Literary Exploration Of Ethnocentric Segregation And Discrimination In Bessie Head’s Maru And Gasebalwe Seretse’s The Pursuit Of Xhai" Afribary. Afribary, 21 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/a-literary-exploration-of-ethnocentric-segregation-and-discrimination-in-bessie-head-s-maru-and-gasebalwe-seretse-s-the-pursuit-of-xhai. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

SHIGWEDHA, HILDE . "A Literary Exploration Of Ethnocentric Segregation And Discrimination In Bessie Head’s Maru And Gasebalwe Seretse’s The Pursuit Of Xhai". Afribary, Afribary, 21 Apr. 2021. Web. 23 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/a-literary-exploration-of-ethnocentric-segregation-and-discrimination-in-bessie-head-s-maru-and-gasebalwe-seretse-s-the-pursuit-of-xhai >.

Chicago

SHIGWEDHA, HILDE . "A Literary Exploration Of Ethnocentric Segregation And Discrimination In Bessie Head’s Maru And Gasebalwe Seretse’s The Pursuit Of Xhai" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 23, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/a-literary-exploration-of-ethnocentric-segregation-and-discrimination-in-bessie-head-s-maru-and-gasebalwe-seretse-s-the-pursuit-of-xhai