The Psychology of Apartheid

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The Psychology of Apartheid

By Peter Lambley
University of Georgia Press, 1981
291 pp. $16.50
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A clinical psychologist trained in South Africa offers a provocative psychological profile of South Africa's main racial groups and their responses to apartheid. Although its scientific soundness is difficult to judge, Lambley's comparison of attitudes of Afrikaners, English and Coloureds as revealed in psychological testing is fascinating and original; in addition, his account of the treatment of blacks and whites in an Afrikaans mental hospital offers an extraordinary glimpse of the uses of the madhouse in achieving social control. His generalizations outside of his immediate clinical experience, however, seem based on very little evidence-particularly about blacks, whom he portrays as largely acquiescent victims of the apartheid system.

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