Insiders and Outsiders: Indian Working Class of Durban, 1910-90 (Social History of Africa S.)
By: Bill Freund (author)Paperback
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This work, which draws on substantial interviews, is a study of economic history "from below". It focuses on the cultural and social history of Indians in Durban, exploring such topics as: why did the Indian peasantry rise and decline like the African peasantry, but with a different chronology?; what was the economic logic of the Indian family and to what extent do new interests in the politics and economics of gender help us to understand that logic?; why did Indian workers become intensely militant and why did this military subside?; and, above all, what can this history tell us about the changing nature of South African capitalism in the 20th century? This concern underlies the whole book.
The passage from India - indentured immigrants come to Natal 1860-1911; heaven on earth in Springfield flats - the peasant option; the edge of town - Durban and the Indian working class 1900-30; "It is my work" - labour segmentation and militancy 1935-60; destroying communities - the impact of group areas 1950-80; insiders and outsiders - the working class of the Apartheid era 1960-90.
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