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Title:Special issue: rethinking labour in Africa, past and present
Editors:Schler, LynnISNI
Bethlehem, LouiseISNI
Sabar, GaliaISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African Identities (ISSN 1472-5851)
Volume:7
Issue:3
Pages:287-432
Language:English
Geographic terms:West Africa
Botswana
Nigeria
South Africa
Tunisia
Subjects:labour
labour studies
workers
migrant workers
women workers
seamen
Abstract:The study of labour in Africa has undergone important transformations. Early approaches, heavily influenced by Marxist theory, underwent a process of revision as poststructuralist and postcolonial critics exposed the Eurocentric biases underlying prevalent conceptualizations of labour-related research. This shift paved the way to a revised approach which tries to accommodate local African perspectives. This special issue takes stock of the tools acquired as a result of the interventions of recent years. Isaie Dougnon offers a historical perspective by analysing colonial work from the perspective of Dogon migrant workers in Ghana and Mali. Pnina Werbner analyses 'dialogical subjectivity' in the careers of three women in Botswana, two trade unionists and a civil servant. Béatrice Hibou illuminates the interface between 'late capitalism' or 'globalization' and authoritarianism in disciplining the Tunisian workforce. The local-national-transnational interdependence is discussed in Emily Lynn Osborn's article on aluminium casters in West Africa. Lynn Schler deals with transnationalism and nationalism in the Nigerian Seamen's Union. Hagar Salamon, Steven Kaplan and Harvey Goldberg examine rotating credit associations among Ethiopian women in Israel. Finally, Louise Bethlehem and Terry Kurgan investigate the cultural economy of an inner-city Johannesburg park (South Africa) through tracking the work of itinerant photographers who operate there. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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