In the Company of Diamonds: De Beers, Kleinzee, and the Control of a Town

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-06-01
  • Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
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After the 1925 discovery of diamonds in the semidesert of the northwest coast of South Africa, De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. virtually proclaimed its dominion over the whole region. In the town of Kleinzee, the company owns all the real estate and infrastructure and controls and administers both the town and the industry.

Author Biography

Peter Carstens is a professor of social anthropology at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Note on Currency and Exchange Ratesp. xvii
Company Towns: An Introductionp. 3
Early Years: From Prospector to Company
Prospecting and Mining: Diamond Discoveries in Namaqualand, 1925-1927p. 15
The Struggle for Kleinzee and the Coastal Farmsp. 25
The Founding of Cape Coastp. 35
Kleinzee Mining Town, 1928-1956p. 42
The Manager and His Staff, 1928-1956p. 63
White Man as Contract Workerp. 75
The Owambo Contract Worker, 1943-1949p. 88
The Coloured Namaqualand Workerp. 110
Oppenheimer's New Empire
The Modernization of Kleinzeep. 129
The Paterson Systemp. 136
Church, Ritual, and Home Tiesp. 155
The Racial and Social Determinants of Incomep. 166
Obligation and Loyalty in a "Closed" Worldp. 180
Total Institutions or Incomplete Communities?p. 188
An Epilogue: Tumbler Ridge, 1994p. 194
Dr. Hans Merensky and Alexander Bayp. 203
Income Comparisonsp. 213
List of Abbreviationsp. 217
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 251
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