The Personality of the Urban African in South Africa a Thematic Apperception Test Study

The Personality of the Urban African in South Africa a Thematic Apperception Test Study

The Personality of the Urban African in South Africa a Thematic Apperception Test Study

The Personality of the Urban African in South Africa a Thematic Apperception Test Study

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The South African racial problem has assumed a position of increasing international interest during recent years. The discussion of the social, economic and political aspects of African life in the Union has become a hardy annual in the debating halls of the United Nations. The world press is giving more and more prominence to the 'African problem'; politicians, professional and otherwise, South African and foreign, spend a great deal of their time expounding on this topic. It has become an 'election platform' for the major political parties in South Africa, it has motivated the boycott abroad of Union produce, it has formed an ideal rallying-point for members of the Afro-Asian block at UNO.

Unfortunately, however, as so often happens with such social problems, their discussion tends to generate more heat than light. Opinions abound, facts are few. This text, which presents the results of some six years' research into the urban African personality as it has evolved in the major industrial area of the Union of South Africa, is an attempt to bridge this gap between opinions and facts.

Research of this nature is naturally a social undertaking during the course of which one becomes indebted to many persons. I wish to express my gratitude to the management of PUTCO OPERATING AND TECHNICAL SERVICES for the opportunity and the time allowed me to complete this text, and to the SHELL COMPANY OF SOUTH AFRICA for their financial assistance in the form of a research grant, a portion of which has been used in the compilation and presentation of this study.

I am especially indebted to Lyn Shaw, Manager of the Aptitude Test Centre, who read the complete manuscript of this work, for her suggestions, her help and advice. My thanks also to my colleagues, Shirley Cochrane and Don Strauss, who assisted in the processing of the data.

I wish to acknowledge the help received from Raymond Mtembu and John Masilela, who in addition to helping me with my spelling of African words were in charge of the filing systems of test protocols and assessments.

I am indebted furthermore to Mr. Paul Irwin, Editor-in-Chief of The World . . .

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