BLACK MINEWORKERS IN CENTRAL AFRICA, industrial strategies and the evolution of an African proletariat in the Copperbelt 1911-41

: Perrings (C.)

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xvii + 302pp., illus., maps, hardback, glue markings on front & back cover, d.w. a little worn, London, 1979 


"Charles Perrings makes a major contribution to the history of both large-scale capitalist enterprise and the emergence of an African proletariat. He examines changing patterns of dependence on wage-labour among black workers in the copper mines of the former Belgian Congo (Zaire) and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). Focusing on the years before the Second World War, he seeks to explain why mining capitalists developed employment strategies designed to inhibit the process of proletarianization; he also shows how these strategies influenced the objective economic interests, and thus the behavior of black mineworkers." Taken from the book