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Economics and Politics of Dependence in a South African Homeland

Edited By

Nancy Charton

ISBN 9781032307688
Published October 5, 2022 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1980, this book examines the ‘self-government’ constitution, administrative and party system of The Ciskei which was one of the black ‘homelands’ created by the government of the Republic of South Africa in its pursuit of ‘separate development’. (It has since been reintegrated into South Africa, becoming part of the Eastern Cape Province). The book discusses how, because poverty was endemic and agricultural resources poorly developed the region was dependent on the encapsulating white area for jobs, capital, entrepreneurial skills and markets. It examines how the existence of job opportunities in contiguous white areas has stimulated the growth of black towns, it has also inhibited their development. The book considers the role of the mass media played, illustrating how both traditional oral forms and contemporary mass media depended ultimately on white input and were thus oriented towards white rather than black politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Nancy Charton 2. Economic Development for the Ciskei P. A. Black 3. Scattered Towns or an Urban System? G. P. Cook 4. The Image of Agriculture in Two Ciskeian Rural Communities J. B. McI Daniel and N. L. Webb 5. The Ciskei Constitution F. G. Richings 6. The Administrative System in the Ciskei D. M. Groenewald 7. Ethnic Relations in the Ciskei C. W. Manona 8. Ciskeian Political Parties Nancy Charton and Gordon Renon kaTywakadi 9. The Legislature Nancy Charton 10. Mass Communication in a Transitional Society L. E. Switzer 11. Maqoma and Ciskeian Politics Today M. G. Whisson and C. W. Manona 12. The Economics and Politics of Dependence Nancy Charton.

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Nancy Charton was the first female ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Charton was a lecturer and later associate professor in the Department of Politics at Rhodes University.


‘Though relatively slim, the book is on the whole an admirable and suggestive work standing in the tradition of its forbears…’ Michael Spicer, International Affairs, Vol 57, Issue 1.