Race and Ethnicity: Essays in Comparative Sociology

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

way workers come predominantly from the Afrikaner lower class among whom racial prejudice is deeply rooted.

Table 13-11 summarizes the data on age. As might be expected, the men are 9 years older than the women on the average. Only 16.6 per cent of the women are 30 years of age or more, compared to 56.3 per cent of the men. A different picture emerges, however, if one separates the cases involving white men from those involving white women. Now it appears that the white partners, whether male or female, are older than the nonwhite partners. One-third of the white women (4 out of 12) are 40 or above, compared to 5 per cent of the nonwhite women (5 out of 102). Those white women in their forties all had nonwhite lovers in their twenties and thirties. Conversely, only 2 of the 27 white men of age 40 or above had affairs with nonwhite women older than themselves. Conclusions drawn on such a small and selective sample must, by necessity, be highly tentative. However, this age differential suggests the hypothesis that the white partner, whether male or female, is dominant in the relationship and is the "sexual exploiter" of the nonwhite partner.


TABLE 13-11 Mean Age in Years by Sex for Partners in "Immorality" Cases, 1958-1960
Cases Involving: Mean Age of: Total
Males Females
White female and nonwhite male 28.4 30.2 29.3
White male and nonwhite female 34.4 24.2 29.0
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Mean for total 33.8 24.8 29.1

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The feeling of aversion that most white South Africans manifest at the mere mention of miscegenation did not exist before the nineteenth century. Previous to that time, interracial concubinage between white men and women of color was not only common but also viewed with tolerance and amusement.

Beginning in the nineteenth century, and becoming even more

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  • 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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