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The African Labourer

1st Edition

By G. St. J Orde-Browne


250 pages

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Originally published in 1933, this book is a comparative study of the labour market in the early part of the twentieth century in different parts of Africa. It focusses particularly on the impact of Western influence, both on an industrial and sociological level, in the period after the First World War. The book takes as its area central and southern parts of Africa, as well as the West Coast.

Table of Contents

Part 1 1. Intoductory

2. Primitive African Society

3 and 4. Foreign Influences

5. The Fall of Slavery

6. The Incentive to Wage-Earning

7. Forced Labour

8. Alternatives to Wage-Earning

9. Methods of Recruiting

10. Conditions of Recruiting

11. The Contract

12. The Value of the Contract

13. The Identification of the Worker

14. Penal Sanctions

15. The Workman and the Law

16. Living Conditions and Their Effect

17. Moral Effects of Wage-Earning

18. Women and Child Workers

19. The Wage-Earner and the Land

20. Labour and International Relations

21. Some Aspects of Investigation

Part 2. Summary of Legislation. List of African Countries Dealt with in the following summary of legislation. The Belgian Congo. British Colonies, Protectorates and Mandated Territories. French Colonies. Italian Somaliland and Eritrea. Liberia. Portuguese Colonies. Spanish Colonies.

Part 3: International Draft Conventions

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies

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