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Title:Worker Consciousness in Black Miners: Southern Rhodesia, 1900-1920
Author:Van Onselen, CharlesISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
labour conflicts
History and Exploration
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180447
Abstract:The tardiness of African workers in Rhodesia to demonstrate resistance in the industrial setting of the economy - commomly accepted by historians and social scientists alike - is attributed to the dominance of the migrant labour system or the achievements of the settler administration. This view is challenged by a detailed study of African responses in the mining industry. African worker consciousness appears to have existed in several ways. Worker consciousness and resistance manifested themselves in day-to-day work situations, and in strike action. The activities suggest a well-developed worker consciousness which pre-dates the more familiar organizations of the 1920s such as the Dance Societies, the Watch Tower Society and the I.C.U. Worker strategy in Rhodesia can best be understood within the context of the functioning of a regional economic system embracing all of southern Africa. Notes, summary.