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The African Worker, first published in 1988, was intended as a synthesis considering issues and debates from the work of many writers on labour history and labour studies in Africa. The development of a particular critical literature, spanning a number of disciplines, is critically considered. In some respects, the concerns of past generations have been to align the understanding of labour issues in Africa with those more generally in the modern world. In others, the emphasis remains on the specific and African. Both directions clearly emerge here. The bibliographical essay, as well as the bibliography itself, is meant to point readers further who want a higher order of detail, a regional focus or a more thorough-going theoretical treatment of all or some of the relevant issues.
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- Date Published: August 1988
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521314916
- length: 210 pages
- dimensions: 203 x 127 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.23kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. The historiography of labour
2. The material basis for an African working class
3. Culture, community and class
4. Wage labour, non-wage labour and the total sphere of production
5. Trade unions, workers and the state
6. Labour in an industrialised society: the South African case
7. Labour, the development process and social change
8. A guide to the literature on labour in Africa
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