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Title:Industrial Training and Labor Market Segmentation in Zambia: A Historical Analysis
Author:Hoppers, Wim
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Zambia
on-the-job training
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524005
Abstract:In a segmented labour market factors like race, gender and class strongly influence access to jobs. This article focuses on segmentation as it has arisen in Zambia in the labour market for productive industry. It is argued that segmentation evolved during the colonial period and persisted after independence up until this day. The capitalist economic structure has remained largely in place, and only a few changes have occurred in the complexity of segmentation itself as well as the composition of the relevant categories entering this labour market. It is significant that postcolonial alterations in the mechanisms for recruiting workers stopped short of a wholesale unification of access channels to skilled jobs. The differentiation in institutional origin of skills which just remains has contributed greatly to the persistence of segmentation. Rather than equalizing chances, skills training remains an important instrument in the reproduction of social stratification. Bibliogr., notes, ref.