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Title:The Role of Collaborators in the Rhodesian Mining Industry, 1900-1935
Author:Van Onselen, CharlesISNI
Year:1973
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:72
Issue:289
Period:October
Pages:401-418
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Great Britain
Subjects:miners
colonialism
mining
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/721150
Abstract:Just as imperial powers relied on collaborators in the colonies to ensure contained control with limited resources, so colonial industries with limited manpower resources and capital had to seek out groups of collaborators which would ensure their continued functioning and profitability. In particular, the industry and the administration made use of the services of four groups of black employees to ensure the day-to-day operation of the Rhodesian mines: the 'native' police, the 'native' messengers of the administration, the recruiters for the Rhodesian Native Labour Bureau and the 'compound police'. These groups were seen as collaborators. The study demonstrates their central role in the mining industry during the early years of its development in the sections: Eligibility and selection - Privileges and benefits - Roles and functions - African responses to collaborators - Collaborators and the social structure - Conclusion. Notes.
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