Industrialisation in Swaziland

  • Betty J. Harris
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Chapter 2 focused on the political economy of textile industrialisation in South Africa, to provide a context in which to analyse the emergence and development of Swaziland’s peripheral political economy. However, just as South Africa exhibited a different pattern of industrialisation from European countries, Swaziland has experienced a modified version of the South African process. Mining and plantation agriculture began in the former at the turn of the century. Manufacturing has been introduced in two spurts, with agricultural processing beginning in the late 1940s and textile industrialisation in the 1980s. While men figured prominently in early industrialisation, women became involved later.


Political Economy Colonial Government Royal Family Mine Labour White Settler 
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© Betty J. Harris 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Betty J. Harris
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  1. 1.University of OklahomaUSA

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