Race and Culture Contacts in the Modern World

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CHAPTER XIII
The Plantation as a Social Institution

INTRODUCTION

This chapter and those which follow in this part of our study will be concerned with the problems of social organization which result from the contacts of white and colored peoples. As was stated in the Introduction to this book, the problems of social organization constitute the central problems of race and culture contacts, in the sense that they are concerned with the creation of a social order in which peoples with different racial and cultural backgrounds can develop a solidarity of interests and achieve a common identification which will transcend racial and cultural differences. The discussion so far of the ecological, the economic, and the political aspects of race and cultural contacts will provide, therefore, a basis for the analysis of the problems of social organization. This analysis will begin with the plantation and then consider in turn other forms of social organization in which peoples with different racial and cultural backgrounds have found an accommodation. In the analysis of the problems of social organization, special consideration will be given to caste, biracial organiza

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