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Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa$
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Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108927

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108927.001.0001

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South African Society on the Eve of Apartheid

South African Society on the Eve of Apartheid

(p.49) Chapter 2 South African Society on the Eve of Apartheid
Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa

Jeremy Seekings

Nicoli Nattrass

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the nature of South African society at the onset of the apartheid era and discusses the ways social and economic changes were affecting inequalities. It focuses on the relation between class structure and income distribution during this period. With regard to income distribution, society is divided into three classes: rich white households occupying the higher position, coloured and Indian people in the middle and African people at the bottom. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the apartheid distributional regime that the National Party government inherited in 1948.

Keywords:   South African society, apartheid, class structure, income distribution, distributional regime, National Party

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