Peter Carstens

Peter Carstens is a professor of social anthropology at the University of Toronto. He was born in South Africa, where he received his academic training. He immigrated to Canada in 1965.

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In the Company of Diamonds · De Beers, Kleinzee, and the Control of a Town
By Peter Carstens

After the 1925 discovery of diamonds in the semi-desert of the northwest coast of South Africa, De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. virtually proclaimed its dominion over the whole region. In the town of Kleinzee, the company owns all the real estate and infrastructure, and controls and administers both the town and the industry.