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Capitalism and Apartheid: South Africa, 1910-1984
Capitalism and Apartheid: South Africa, 1910-1984
By Merle Lipton
Rowman & Allanheld, 1985, 448 pp

This study makes a tentative case for the viability of a reformist evolution in South Africa in view of what its author describes as a transition from the predominance in the economy of white labor and agriculture to that of black labor and urban capital. Looking at changes in South Africa from 1978 to 1984, the author sees economic interests prevailing, even when they conflict with ethnic alliances. She qualifies her optimism heavily, however, acknowledging, almost in her last words, that perceived threats to security override all other interests.