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Title:Islam and urban labor in northern Nigeria: the making of a Muslim working class
Author:Lubeck, Paul M.ISNI
Year:1986
ISSN:0065-406X
Issue:52
Pages:362
Language:English
Series:African studies series
City:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:0521309425
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Nigeria
Subjects:Islam
class formation
Abstract:This study analyses the process of urban class formation among Muslim workers in Kano, Northern Nigeria. It examines the interaction between Islamic nationalism and new forms of class consciousness and culture generated by industrialization and the petroleum boom during the seventies. The book begins with a review of the theoretical orientation and the historical background to both Islamization and capitalist development, and goes on to discuss the impact of the Nigerian civil war and the oil boom on Kano's traders, craftsmen, hawkers and wage workers, the relationship between wage workers and informal sector producers, who together form the class base of the popular alliance, and the interaction between Islamic institutions and industrial processes and timing. In the later chapters the focus is on industrial workers - their recruitment, adjustment to and evaluation of industrial labour and social mobility, trade union organization and strikes. Overall the author argues that, when industrialization is introduced from the West, Islamic nationalism supports class consciousness.
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