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No Global Labor History without Africa: Reciprocal Comparison and Beyond

  • Karin Hofmeester, Jan Lucassen and Filipa Ribeiro da Silva
Abstract

This introduction explains why it is important to include the history of labor and labor relations in Africa in Global Labor History. It suggests that the approach of the Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations 1500–2000 – with its taxonomy of labor relations – is a feasible method for applying this approach to the historiography on labor history in Africa. The introduction ends with an analysis of four case studies that are presented in this special section, with a specific focus on shifts in labor relations and how they could be explained.

Cette introduction explique pourquoi serait-il important que d’inclure – dans l’Histoire Globale du Travail – l’histoire du travail et les relations de travail en Afrique. Elle véhicule l’approche du projet “Pour une Collaboratoire Globale sur l’Histoire des Relations de Travail, 1500–2000.” En particulier, ce projet propose une taxonomie des relations de travail comme instrument méthodologique, en replaçant celle-ci dans le cadre de l’historiographie de l’histoire du travail dans une perspective locale et mondialisée. L’introduction termine avec une analyse des cinq études de cas présentés dans cette section spéciale avec une attention portée aux changements survenus dans les relations de travail.

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