Mapping Theories. Sociology of 'Race'. Key Theoretical Approaches. Primordialism or Instrumentalism Plural Society theorists Marxist Approaches Weberian. Instrumental or Primordial?. Ethnicity as a resource to be used in times of competition.
Sociology of 'Race'
Walter Rodney writes of the divisive use of stereotypes on the plantations of British Guiana to maintain control and exploit labourers even after slavery had ended:
“Early in the history of indentureship, planters recognised the value of having a working population segmented racially; and they never lost sight of the opportunity of playing off the two principal races - by using one to put down any overt resistance by the other. (Rodney: 1981, 188).