Race and State in Capitalist Development

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Race and State in Capitalist Development

By Stanley B. Greenberg
Yale University Press, 1980
489 pp. $40.00
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It hardly seems surprising that businessmen, farmers and industrial workers should try to manipulate the racial divisions of their societies for their own ends. But it has been argued that capitalism and modernization would replace race with class as the main dividing lines. With enormous diligence, Professor Greenberg of Yale has worked out explanations of how, in fact, the complex interplay of tension and accommodation of race and economic interest has developed in some key cases. The material from South Africa, Israel, Northern Ireland and Alabama is fascinating if sometimes a bit unwieldy. The new framework, combining Marxist categories and hard facts, will inevitably stir up controversy, and all the better that it should do so.