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Title:Early limits of local decolonization in São Tomé and Principe: from colonial abuses to postcolonial disappointment, 1945-1976
Author:Keese, AlexanderISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies (ISSN 0361-7882)
Volume:44
Issue:3
Pages:373-392
Language:English
Geographic term:São Tomé and Principe
Subjects:labour relations
working conditions
decolonization
agricultural workers
Abstract:This paper examines the complexities of decolonization and their effects on social relations in the postcolonial period in São Tomé and Principe. Within the new, independent administrations of Africa's postcolonial States, political and executive power was not always exclusively concentrated at the level of two or three leading ministries or in the offices of the presidency. Specialized bureaus, which often were a direct heritage of the colonial order, could retain a considerable amount of power. In the former Portuguese colony of São Tomé and Principe, the labour inspectorate held power over the lives of thousands of workers on the plantations. 'Serviçais' in São Tomé and Principe were not content with the labour conditions they had by 1974. However, they recognized the improvement in their living conditions under the late colonial State, and began to rely on specialized services, notably the labour inspectorate, which in the late colonial State had become a key interlocutor for the needs of the labourers. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

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