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No longer a functional part of the economy of the impoverished and economically unproductive reserves, yet thrown onto their own devices as urban migrants, by the early 1980s women made up a crucial component of the newly militant African working class that had emerged from the 1970s and helped proletarianize the anti-apartheid struggle.
Likewise, citing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo calls to mind the acts of legal and extralegal violence perpetrated against Mexican-American landowners and peasants that aimed to dispossess and proletarianize the majority of the Mexicana/o population in the United States.
proletarianize the whole racial group 'Black' or 'African-American' so that it functions socially and politically as a class"(Lubiano, 1996: 65).