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Title:Work Alienation and Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some Evidence from Kenya
Author:Blunt, Peter
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:work attitudes
Labor and Employment
Abstract:The data presented in this article indicate that alienation is a condition which is prevalent in diverse corners of sub-Saharan Africa. Although it has not been possible here to present a complete and accurate picture of the incidence and severity of alienation in sub-Saharan Africa, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the problem is worthy of serious study. This article explores individual experiences of alienation within the sub-Saharan African context, and considers a possible micro-level means of adaptation. Implications of organizational design in sub-Saharan Africa are also briefly considered. This analysis is conducted within what Burreil and Morgan ('Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Analysis'. London, 1979) have referred to as the functionalist paradigm of organizational theory, from a social action theory point of view. Notes, tab.