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Title:The making and unmaking of an emerging working class: organizational expressions of class formation in Ethiopia 1960-77
Author:Admasie, Samuel Andreas
Year:2014
Pages:75
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:working class
class formation
trade unions
theses (form)
Link:https://www.asclibrary.nl/docx/393559386.pdf
Abstract:This thesis discusses the historical process of class formation among the Ethiopian wage working population from the 1960s to the aftermath of the Ethiopian revolution, and the reversal of this process by the late 1970s. It examines this process by looking at its organizational expressions - the emergence, strengthening and radicalization of a trade union and labour movement, the resistance of this movement to open state hostility and repression, and finally the collapse of the movement in face of the full militarized assault of the state. It is argued that the process by which the workers of Ethiopia gained the collective coherence and autonomy to seriously challenge two consecutive states constituted a process of class formation, even if incomplete. The successive defeat of the labour movement resulted in an atomization of the working population and the complete subjugation of organized labour. This, it is argued, constituted a reversal of the process of working class formation. A number of factors explaining and conditioning this process and its reversal are proposed. [Book abstract]
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