Land tenure, economic differentiation and social interaction in a Ciskei settlement

Wet, C. de

Journal of Contemporary African Studies 13(1): 57-74


Possible correlations between land tenure as a measure of economic differentiation and patterns of social interaction in Rabula, Ciskei, South Africa, during late 1980s and early 1990s are examined. Two types of social interaction are focused upon: attendance at public feasts, and marriage patterns. It is argued that while still an important factor, land tenure plays a less significant role with regard to economic and social stratification and differentiation than it did in the past.