oa African Review - The myth of the white working class in South Africa

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0002-0117



It is commonly asserted in the literature on South Africa that the working class is comprised of an aristocratic or elite white section and an oppressed black section. This contention is false, and arose on the basis of both arbitrary bourgeois class concepts and 'cconomistic' communist class theory. By analysing the historically determined social production system in the light of Marx's scientific class theory, we are able to penetrate the prevailing confusion with respect to the dctemlination of the working class in South Africa and explode the myth of the white working class.

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