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Title:The meaning of the working class in Africa
Author:Allen, V.L.
Year:1972
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:10
Issue:2
Pages:169-189
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subject:workers
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159961
Abstract:Unfortunately the majority of studies on social stratification in Africa, are missing a thorough basis of theory and are too much influenced by empiricism. This article aims to remove the confusion arisen from this situation and concentrates on some important methodological questions. For instance, what does the term 'working class' mean, are there divisions within it which significantly influence the behaviour of those affected by them, and which forms take these divisions. In other words, one should know whether social relationships in any situation are arranged into strata and, if they are, whether they have consistent relationships and are ranked in terms of superiority according to a pre-selected criterion. Parts of the article: The use of the concept of class - The definition of the working class - Forms of economic exploitation - A redefinition of the working class - Sub-divisions of the working class. Notes.
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