Race and Ethnicity: Essays in Comparative Sociology

By Pierre L. Van den Berghe | Go to book overview

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Research in South Africa:
The Story of My
Experiences
with Tyranny 1

That the social scientist (or, for that matter, any scientist) can achieve olympian detachment and objectivity is a myth which is fortunately not as widespread as it was thirty or more years ago when the behavioral sciences, except in Germany, were still largely under the sway of positivism. An increasing number of autobiographies, mainly of anthropologists, have been published, highlighting, often in moving terms, the human drama of social research. 2 Social scientists have even become characters in works of fiction, and the ambiguities of their roles have been a rewarding subject for novelists and for social scientists analyzing their own profession. 3 Here I want to relate my experiences as a sociologist working in a highly explosive situation ridden with racial conflict, namely in South Africa, during the period February 1960 to December 1961. 4 While South Africa probably represents an extreme case, many of the incidents and feelings mentioned here have, of course, been reported by other social

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Reprinted from Gideon Sjoberg, ed., Ethics, Politics, and Social Research ( Cambridge: Schenkman, 1967), pp. 183-196.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 3
  • Notes 17
  • Part I - General and Theoretical 19
  • 1 - Paternalistic Versus Competitive Race Relations: an Ideal-Type Approach 21
  • Notes 39
  • 2 - Distance Mechanisms of Stratification 42
  • 3 - Hypergamy, Hypergenation, and Miscegenation 54
  • Summary 63
  • Notes 63
  • 4 - Racialism and Assimilation in Africa and the Americas 68
  • Notes 77
  • 5 - Toward a Sociology of Africa 79
  • Part II - The Americas 95
  • 6 - Stereotypes, Norms, and Interracial Behavior in São Paulo, Brazil 97
  • Notes 105
  • 7 - Ethnic Relations in Southeastern Mexico 107
  • 8 - Ethnic Membership and Cultural Change in Guatemala 137
  • Conclusion 149
  • Notes 150
  • Part III - South Africa 153
  • 9 - Research in South Africa: The Story of My Experiences with Tyranny 155
  • Notes 171
  • 10 - Apartheid, Fascism, and the Golden Age 173
  • 11 - Race Attitudes in Durban, South Africa 188
  • Summary 206
  • Notes 207
  • 12 - Racial Segregation in South Africa: Degrees and Kinds 210
  • 13 - Miscegenation in South Africa 224
  • Summary 239
  • Notes 241
  • 14 - Language and Nationalism in South Africa 244
  • Part IV - The Indian Diaspora 259
  • 15 - Indians in Natal and Fiji: a "Controlled Experiment" in Culture Contact 261
  • Notes 274
  • 16 - Asians in East and South Africa 276
  • Index 304
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