The Janus face of rural class formation: an economic and political history of traders in Qwaqwa, 1960-1985.

Show simple item record Bank, Leslie 1990-02-06T12:14:45Z 1990-02-06T12:14:45Z 1987
dc.identifier.citation Bank (1987) Traders and Taximen in Qwaqwa: A Study of Class ... en_US
dc.description Paper presented at the Wits History Workshop: Structure and experience in the Making of Apartheid, 6-10 February, 1990. This paper is an expanded version of a chapter in my thesis entitled "Traders and Taximen in Qwaqwa: A Study of Class Formation in a South African 'Homeland'" submitted for a Master's degree in Social Anthropology at UCT in August 1987. en_US
dc.description.abstract It is my aim in this paper to trace the slow re-emergence of class differentiation in Witsieshoek after the rebellion of 1950 and to the consider the implications of this process for political struggles waged in Qwaqwa during the contemporary phase of 'homeland self-government'. The paper focuses centrally on the emergence of a commercial petty bourgeoisie in the Qwaqwa since the 1960 and its changing political profile over the past two decades. In developing this analysis I focus mainly on licensed retail traders in Qwaqwa. My discussion proceeds in three parts. The first part deals with the period 1960 to 1974 and is dominated by an investigation of the activities of the Bantu Investment Corporation (BIC) in Qwaqwa. The second section of the paper concentrates on the period 1974-1980, a phase of mass population relocation and rapid economic differentiation. It concentrates on the unfolding of political struggle between the homeland political elite and the emergent commercial petty bourgeoisie. In the final section of the paper I focus on changing economic opportunities for African traders in the early 1980s as they are brought under the wing of the Qwaqwa Development Corporation and the Mopeli government. The paper concludes on a comparative note by addressing similarities and difference in the changing political strategies of traders in Qwaqwa in the face of economic centralisation with those of storekeepers and artisans in ninetenth century Europe. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Cape Town (Thesis) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Wits History Workshop paper;11
dc.subject Qwaqwa en_US
dc.subject Kwena (African people) en_US
dc.subject Petty bourgeoisie en_US
dc.subject Class differentiation en_US
dc.title The Janus face of rural class formation: an economic and political history of traders in Qwaqwa, 1960-1985. en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US

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