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Title: Stratification and pluralism in South African society
Author: Balintulo, Marcus
ISNI:       0000 0001 3441 2351
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1974
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South Africa has developed into one of the most extreme cases of racial domination known in modern times. Since the seizure of state power by the National Party in 1941 white supremacy has been consolidated to a degree that could never have been predicted given the international climate in which decolonization and racial liberalism are the order of the day (at least formally). This thesis attempts a historical - sociological analysis of the development of inter-group relations in that society. Chapter one is a brief statement of the problem. From the early days of the Dutch last India Company's Settlement at the Cape in the second half of the seventeenth century the problem of labour-shortage resulted in the importation of slaves mainly from the far east. So with the military subjugation of the Khoi Khoi a multiracial society developed in the Cape depending on slave-labour. By the time of the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the institution in the 1830s a racially stratified society had emerged. The conquest of the Bantu speaking African groups and the importation of Indian indentured labour led to the formation of an ethnic estate order dominated by the white minority which was itself not culturally homogeneous. Industrialization, with mining providing the initial growth point took place within the framework of a racially stratified colonial order thus resulting in a peculiar form of colonial capitalism which can be characterized as one that displays growth without an industrial revolution in social relations. Also the seizure of state power by the Afrikaners (a group who had been militarily subjugated, and by and large outside the bourgeoisie in the early stages of industrialization) resulted in the use of political power to reinforce white supremacy. The system continues to thrive on coercion and racial regimentation and promises of final ethnic fragmentation or planned underdevelopment.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DT Africa ; HT Communities. Classes. Races