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Title:Culture in the historiography of modern South Africa
Author:Ross, R.ISNI
Year:1988
Periodical:Leidschrift: historisch tijdschrift
Volume:4
Issue:3
Pages:5-16
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:culture
historiography
social history
Abstract:After a short description of the many definitions of the concept of culture, and of the differences in the study of South Africa by 'structural Marxists' and by 'social historians', the author analyses the work of social historians, who were the first to deal with reactions of the ordinary people of a large part of rural South Africa against the pressures placed on them by the oppressive and racist economic system, and who focused attention on the processes of urbanization, particularly in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging conurbation in the southern Transvaal. The greatest lacuna in the work of this school is the absence of any explicit discussion of religious and cosmological change. Notes, ref.
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