Prologue to capitalism, free enterprise and black entrepreneurship: A comparative history of black business in the United States and South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Walker, Juliet E. K.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-26T06:49:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-26T06:49:22Z
dc.date.issued 1995-08-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/9940
dc.description African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented 2 October 1995 en_US
dc.description.abstract The agency of blacks in forging their own economic liberation through entrepreneurship and business enterprise has been generally ignored in the historical literature. In this two-part paper, my purpose is a comparative recovery of the history of black business in the United States and South Africa. Part One, "a new problematic," establishes "categories of comparison" and a contextual and methodological frame for the study of black business in these two countries. Part Two, "in search of a usable past," urges deconstruction of the Eurocentric focus that shapes current assessments of South African and American black economic activity within the context of a fourphase chronological overview in which selected topics in the comparative history of black business in these two countries are presented for analysis. Presentism propels this study, a response to the emergence of the New South Africa and the deteriorating economic position African Americans, much the same as comparative studies in the United States and South Africa in the 1980s represented intellectual responses to black American activism in the 1960s and the rising tide of opposition to apartheid in the 1970s and 1980s. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Institute for Advanced Social Research;ISS 453
dc.subject Business enterprises, Black. South Africa en_US
dc.subject Business enterprises, Black. United States en_US
dc.title Prologue to capitalism, free enterprise and black entrepreneurship: A comparative history of black business in the United States and South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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