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Title:State, capital and the reserve consolidation issue in South Africa
Author:Lincoln, DavidISNI
Year:1982
Periodical:Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
Volume:73
Issue:4
Pages:229-236
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:capitalism
boundaries
communal lands
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9663.1982.tb00960.x
Abstract:Reserve borders have been in the making since colonial occupation, and a succession of political groups dominating the state have altered the borders in response to unfolding historical circumstances. By constituting and maintaining the reserve system South Africa's rulers created conditions which have effectively assured the rest of the country of a plentitude of cheap labourers. The crescendo of conflict over reserve borders during the 1970s emanated largely from the varied interests of agricultural capital, non-agricultural capital and the state. This article analyses five of the more pressing contradictions in terms of which the drawing of the reserve maps proceeds. A case study is made of Natal in the period since the early 1970s. Contents: the fragmentation / consolidation contradiction - the wage minimization / reproduction of labour power contradiction - the industrial decentralization / capitalist rationality contradiction - the rural states / urban social movements contradiction - the agricultural capital / state contradiction. Fig., ref.
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