Race and class in the South African countryside: Cultural osmosis and social relations in the sharecropping economy of the south-western Transvaal, 1900-1950

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dc.contributor.author Van Onselen, Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-24T09:44:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-24T09:44:35Z
dc.date.issued 1988-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/9917
dc.description African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented August 1988 en_US
dc.description.abstract 'Race relations' in the South African countryside have never made for a particularly pretty picture. Several recent studies, including, for example, a finely etched portrait of the notorious Abel Erasmus have served to remind us that the birth pangs of commercial agriculture in the Transvaal during the late 19th century were characterised by considerable violence between white landowners and black tenants (1). Nor did matters improve significantly over the half century that followed. In the course of an exceptionally sensitive study of black protest on the land during the late twenties it is suggested that: ' . . .fists, whips and guns were central in maintaining master-servant relationships on farms' (2). And, while writing what was the classic work of its genre in the mid-thirties, I.D. MacCrone was moved to comment on 'cases of violent physical treatment which are such a feature of the relations between white and black in country districts' (3). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Studies Institute;ISS 441
dc.subject Social classes. South Africa. History en_US
dc.subject South Africa. Race relations. History en_US
dc.subject South Africa. Rural conditions. History en_US
dc.subject South Africa. Social conditions. History en_US
dc.title Race and class in the South African countryside: Cultural osmosis and social relations in the sharecropping economy of the south-western Transvaal, 1900-1950 en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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