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Problems Arising from Industrialization of Native Life in Central Africa

Charles W. Coulter
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 40, No. 5 (Mar., 1935), pp. 582-592
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2767921
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

In Central Africa racial irritations are found in their simplest, most direct, and rawest forms. The question of land ownership has become an acute problem, with the setting aside of vast areas for white occupation, limitation of natives on reservations, and the holding of undesignated territories for future white occupation. Resentment has been expressed against the head tax levied upon every native male. The color bar, based on the European's fear of native competition, places vocational restrictions on the native and discriminates against him markedly in the matter of wages. It prevents rapid fusion of cultures and gives concrete expression to the idea of white-race superiority. Against this, native resentment is growing. European intolerance of native culture and traditional practices also makes for hostility. Only recently has any attempt been made by a few missionaries to blend the custom of the European and Bantu into an amalgamated system.

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