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Title:Contradictions of community within local government in the 1950s with reference to municipal beer trading
Author:Atkinson, DoreenISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Issue:57
Pages:149-168
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local councils
beer
apartheid
Blacks
1950-1959
Abstract:The 1950s was a period of profound social change in urban South Africa. The municipal beer hall debate illustrates the ambiguities in white officials' understanding of an increasingly chaotic urban situation. This article commences with an overview of some of the views expressed in the literature regarding municipal beer trading and production in African townships. Then it discusses three main themes which informed debates surrounding beer production: the introduction of municipal beer trading as a response to problems of modernity and discipline; the role of cultural difference, tradition and community boundaries as patriarchal justifications for municipal beer trading; and the questions of paternalism, morality and the issue of profitmaking from beer sales. The debate illustrates the difficulties of applying moral principles to practical realities. Notes, ref., sum. in Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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