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Title:The Asian Labour Solution in Zimbabwe, 1898-1904: Labour Practices and Racial Attitudes in a Colonial Society
Author:Makambe, E.P.
Year:1984
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Volume:13
Pages:110-145
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Great Britain
Subjects:Chinese
Indians
colonialism
labour
Ethnic and Race Relations
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328492
Abstract:The whole state machinery and class structure at the beginning of the colonial period in Zimbabwe were geared towards sustaining the capitalist mode of production in spite of the myriad social, economic and racial inequalities that this state of affairs entailed. The question of Asian labour importation and utilization in the country was therefore to take place within the context of parameters of an economic, racial and general social character between 1898 and 1904. The Asian labour question had a number of implications for the racially stratified colonial society of Zimbabwe: 1) it demonstrated the manner in which racism could easily become a key factor in the progression of capitalism; 2) racism weakened class consciousness and thus bifurcated the working people of early colonial Zimbabwe; 3) the Asian labour issue brought into focus the extent to which state-power in a capitalist social formation like that of Zimbabwe at the beginning of the 20th century could be deployed in the interests of a particular class or classes. Notes, tab.
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