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Title:Racial Prejudice and Economic Pragmatism: A South African Case-Study
Authors:Feit, EdwardISNI
Stokes, Randall G.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:race relations
industrial development
Ethnic and Race Relations
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159746
Abstract:A breakdown in racial prejudice would not only ease some world tensions, but is a desirable end itself. Industrial growth is often citied as an instrument of change in this direction. This view has been disputed by Herbert Blumer in his paper 'Industrialisation and Race Relations' (in Guy Hunter, Ed., Industrialisation and Race Relations: a symposium. London, 1965). He argues that industrialisation offers no automatic way out of from racial malaise, and that racial sentiments are impervious to economic pressures. This question has seldom been empirically examined. The present article explores the interaction of racial sentiments and the needs of the industrial order - the social psychology of political demand in a highly prejudiced society, and probes the degree to which a group of South African which workers are, in fact, responsive to the economic issues surrounding industrialisation. Ref., tables, figures, appendix.