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.
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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).