Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Mager, Anne en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Glover, Michael John en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-10T06:46:25Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-10T06:46:25Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Glover, M. 2015. Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13685
dc.description.abstract Early liberal historians predominantly criticised the migrant labour system for its economic irrationality. After high GDP growth and steady benefits from gold mining in the 1960s, Marxist scholars in the 1970s pointed to the destructive impact of the system. Since 1994, the challenge inter alia has been to forge a new developmental path for the economy. In 2012 the National Development Plan set out its aim to “eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030”.1 This is the challenge. For the country or region to ‘develop’ and eliminate ‘poverty’ we need to know what we are trying to eliminate and what our development is trying to achieve. This thesis examines the migrant labour system in the Transkei through a lens of development and asks how and to what extent the system inhibited the development of the Transkei and its peoples. Using Amartya Sen’s conception of development - which sees development as a process of expanding social, political, and economic freedoms/capabilities - this thesis offers a view of migrant labour institutions in terms of how they created and engendered deprivation and unfreedom in the Transkei. It is an attempt to understand our ‘developmental past’ and to understand how development in the Transkei has been frustrated and inhibited by formal institutions. Amartya Sen’s notions of ‘development’ and ‘deprivation’ offer an autonomy- and freedom-centred approach to thinking about poverty and development. Specifically the thesis examines the nexus of formal institutions underpinning the migrant labour system - including state laws, the Native Affairs Department, and the Native Recruiting Corporation - in terms of how they acted to inhibit the development of mineworkers and labour exporting regions like the Transkei. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.title Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Glover, M. J. (2015). <i>Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13685 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Glover, Michael John. <i>"Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13685 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Glover MJ. Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13685 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Glover, Michael John AB - Early liberal historians predominantly criticised the migrant labour system for its economic irrationality. After high GDP growth and steady benefits from gold mining in the 1960s, Marxist scholars in the 1970s pointed to the destructive impact of the system. Since 1994, the challenge inter alia has been to forge a new developmental path for the economy. In 2012 the National Development Plan set out its aim to “eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030”.1 This is the challenge. For the country or region to ‘develop’ and eliminate ‘poverty’ we need to know what we are trying to eliminate and what our development is trying to achieve. This thesis examines the migrant labour system in the Transkei through a lens of development and asks how and to what extent the system inhibited the development of the Transkei and its peoples. Using Amartya Sen’s conception of development - which sees development as a process of expanding social, political, and economic freedoms/capabilities - this thesis offers a view of migrant labour institutions in terms of how they created and engendered deprivation and unfreedom in the Transkei. It is an attempt to understand our ‘developmental past’ and to understand how development in the Transkei has been frustrated and inhibited by formal institutions. Amartya Sen’s notions of ‘development’ and ‘deprivation’ offer an autonomy- and freedom-centred approach to thinking about poverty and development. Specifically the thesis examines the nexus of formal institutions underpinning the migrant labour system - including state laws, the Native Affairs Department, and the Native Recruiting Corporation - in terms of how they acted to inhibit the development of mineworkers and labour exporting regions like the Transkei. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s TI - Development as unfreedom : the role of mine migrant labour institutions as agents of development in the Transkei, 1886-1980s UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13685 ER - en_ZA


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