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Title:Shortages among the Surplus: European Views of African Unemployment in British Central Africa between the Wars
Author:Hooker, J.R.
Year:1969
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:3
Issue:2
Pages:421-429
Language:English
Geographic term:Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Subjects:employment
Labor and Employment
Economics and Trade
colonialism
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/483961
Abstract:Drawing upon material from British Central Africa, points out that unemployment was discussed by settlers and colonial governments 'as a social rather than an economic problem' identifying the urban resident unemployed as 'native loafers' and pointing out the disastrous consequences of 'detribalization'. Pressure for the creation of African urban centers came from the European mine managers. The pros and cons of a stabilized labour force became controversial issues. In the general context of black-white relations, unemployment has meant for Africans very low occupational mobility, and for the whites constant fear of its implications. Then, as now, few public officials considered the importance of policy studies to tackle the problems of unemployment. Notes.
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