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Title:State and resistance in South Africa, 1939-1965
Author:Muthien, Yvonne G.ISNI
Series:The Making of Modern Africa
City of publisher:Aldershot
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political action
influx control
Abstract:This study reexamines State control over the African population of South Africa in the form of pass controls and the resistance generated in the process of establishing such control by presenting a case study of the operation of the pass system during the transition from segregation to apartheid (1939-1965). By examining the operation of the pass system in Cape Town, the author explores the extent to which State objectives were achieved and the extent to which national policies were shaped by local practices on the ground. The first, introductory, chapter provides the theoretical background. Ch. 2 examines the demographic specificity and the growth and composition of the urban African proletariat in Cape Town. Ch. 3 examines the growth of African squatter settlements in the Peninsula. Ch. 4 traces the development of influx control institutions and practices. Ch. 5 outlines the formation of major black radical organizations in the Western Cape in opposition to the racially exclusive State. Ch. 6 explores the major forms of resistance generated against the pass laws and the State. Ch. 7 examines State strategy to resolve the urban crisis through the control of African housing and townships. Ch. 8 draws together the interacting themes of pass control and resistance.