By W. Beinart
As South Africa strikes in the direction of majority rule, and blacks start to workout direct political energy, apartheid turns into a specific thing of the prior - yet its legacy in South African historical past should be indelible. this publication is designed to introduce scholars to various interpretations of 1 of South Africa's imperative social features: racial segregation. It: • brings jointly 11 articles which span the full background of segregation from its origins to its ultimate cave in • stories the recent historiography of segregation and the big variety of highbrow traditions on which it truly is established • encompasses a word list, explanatory notes and additional interpreting.
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Despite allegations of ballot-rigging in some regions, the overall results of South Africa’s first democratic election broadly reflected the spread of popular feeling. Contrary to expectations, the dramatic process engendered a remarkable sense of euphoria throughout South African society and its cathartic influence led to a significant decrease in levels of violence. The majority of African people supported the African National Congress, which won over 60 per cent of the total votes cast; most whites remained loyal to a reformed National Party which polled 20 per cent of votes overall.
But that, of course, was not really so. A vast issue emerging gradually for years past had merely moved another notch towards definition. II The underlying question was one of overall social control: how to organize society to provide for the mutual access of black labourers and white employers in the coming industrial age without having to pay the heavy social costs of urbanization or losing the dominance of white over black. 21 White farmers raised the classic complaints of stock theft, ‘loafing’, drunkenness and disorder against these unregulated settlements.
Johnstone, ‘White Prosperity and White Supremacy in South Africa Today’, African Affairs, vol. 69, issue 275 (1970), 124–40. Trapido, ‘South Africa in a Comparative Study of Industrialisation’, Journal of Development Studies, 7, 3 (1971), 309–20. Lipton, Capitalism and Apartheid: South Africa 1910–1986 (Aldershot, 1985). ’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 17, 2 (1991), 271–91. Posel, The Making of Apartheid 1948– 1961 (Oxford, 1991). This argument was developed at the same time by John Lazar, whose work on the development of apartheid has only recently been published.
Segregation and Apartheid in Twentieth Century South Africa (Rewriting Histories) by W. Beinart