Class, Race and Gold : A Study of Class Relations and Racial Discrimination in South Africa book cover
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Class, Race and Gold
A Study of Class Relations and Racial Discrimination in South Africa

ISBN 9781032308340
Published October 5, 2022 by Routledge
314 Pages

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Originally published in 1976, this book is a sociological and historical study of class and race relations in a crucial sector of South Africa – the gold mining industry, during and following the First World War. The author develops a Marxist structuralist explanation of the system of racial discrimination, and then goes in to examine the significant historical events of this formative period, notably those surrounding the strike and uprising of the white workers in 1922. The book explains a system of racial domination essentially in terms of the class positions and problems of the dominating groups, and examines historical developments concerning race in terms of class.

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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Frederick A. Johnstone was Professor of Sociology at Memorial University of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.


‘This study is an empirical and analytical study of the first order.’ William C. Martin, Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, Vol 6 No. 2, 1979.