TITLE

WHITE DOMINANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA: A STUDY IN SOCIAL CONTROL

AUTHOR(S)
Brown, W. O.
PUB. DATE
March 1940
SOURCE
Social Forces;Mar40, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p406
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article tries to give a brief, realistic analysis of the controls operative in the Union of South Africa, a society characterized by fundamental changes of race and culture. The submission of the underlying non-white millions is a function primarily of the political monopoly by whites of the economic power, political authority, and social resources of the Union. White dominance has a solid economic foundation. Thus, while the rural non-European population is at least eight times that of the European, seven of every eight acres of land are owned by Europeans. The colored people in the country are generally landless laborers and in the city propertyless proletariat, while the white collar class is negligible. Income and wages reflect a gross racial differential. Associated with the economic subordination of the non-European group is their relative political impotence. Almost literally, South Africa is a captive state, whose machinery is used by whites to further their interests. South Africa may be regarded as a racial state, with a repressive policy in relation to its second class citizens of color.
ACCESSION #
13511600

 

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