The Legacy of the 1940s

Deborah Posel

in The Making of Apartheid 1948–1961

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780198273349
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684036 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in African Affairs

The Legacy of the 1940s

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African urbanisation in the so-called ‘white’ South Africa resulted in economic prosperity and supply industries with relatively cheap labour. But these economic gains were tempered with concomitant political and economic costs. Urban poverty produced by low wages, the state's neglect of urban social services, coupled with disfranchisement and repression, resulted in political and industrial discontent. This chapter examines the contours of this ‘urban problem’ and the failure of existing influx control policies in providing effective solutions. It then assesses the competing solutions by the principal contenders in that solution, the United Party (UP) and the Nationalist Party (NP).

Keywords: African urbanisation; poverty; urban problem; influx control policies; United Party; Nationalist Party

Chapter.  14707 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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