Insiders and Outsiders: The Indian Working Class of Durban, 1910-1990

Insiders and Outsiders: The Indian Working Class of Durban, 1910-1990

by Bill Freund


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In this social and economic history of the Indian working class of Durban, Bill Freund has woven strands of gender related, political, ethnic, and cultural issues into a complex and intriguing pattern. As "insiders and outsiders," the Indian working class presented an analytical challenge in studying economic history "from below." The result is a skillful representation of the nuances in the interplay of social forces, and the initiatives of particular classes and particular cultural formations, which simultaneously bring the larger picture into focus.

The essential underlying concern of this book is to relate the history of this group to the changing nature of South African capitalism in the twentieth century. It unites an interest in people and agency with a conviction that structures are important in limiting the circumstances in which men and women pursue their destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780435089597
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 12/15/1994
Series: Social History of Africa Series
Pages: 133
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bill Freund is a professor in the Department of Economic History at the University of Natal in Durban. His books, including The African Worker and The Making of Contemporary Africa, and numerous shorter contributions, cover a wide range of topics in African and South African history. He was recently made a Fellow of the University of Natal.

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