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Title:A New Focus in African Worker Studies: Promises, Problems, Dangers
Author:Waterman, Peter
Year:1984
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Volume:24
Issue:95
Pages:343-362
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:workers
working class
labour
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1984.2207
Abstract:Critical examination of the views of C. Meillassoux and I. Bagayogo (dependency model), R. Sandbrook (eurocentric), M. Peil (orthodox categories), R. Bromley and C. Gerry (developmentalist) on the formation of the social classes and the consciousness of the African proletariat, and in particular their views on the thesis of the contrast and opposition between labour artistocracy' and 'semi-proletarianized peasantry'. The most important contribution that the authors under review make is the identification of a new problem area, namely that of the relations of the better-paid and more-securely employed wage earners with other labouring people, either 1) as urban residents, or 2) in terms of relations on a wage/non-wage axis, either urban or rural, or 3) as all - but differentially - semi-proletarianized. This shift of attention contributes to the death of the labour aristocracy theory. Another contribution of these writers lies in their critique of trade unions as presently constituted'. - Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French p. 386.
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