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The Making of Apartheid 1948–1961: Conflict and Compromise

Deborah Posel


This book examines some of the crucial political processes and struggles which shaped the reciprocal development of Apartheid and capitalism in South Africa. The book's analysis debunks the orthodoxy view, which presents apartheid as the product of a single ‘grand plan’, created by the State in response to the pressures of capital accumulation. Using as a case study influx control during the first phase of apartheid (1948–61), the book shows that apartheid arose from complex patterns of conflict and compromise within the State, in which white capitalists, the black working class, and popular m ... More

Keywords: political processes, Apartheid, capitalism, South Africa, influx control, white capitalists, black working class, popular movements, empirical analysis, class interests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198273349
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Posel, author
University of the Witwatersrand