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Description - Serving Class by Janet M. Bujra

In colonial Tanganyika the only available labour force was predominantly male, thus men became domestic servants, even nursemaids to babies. Paradoxically, these were also militant domestics, in an occupation usually characterized by passivity and inability to organize. A wave of strikes involving domestic workers swept East Africa in the 1950s-60s. Given this unusual militancy, why did domestic servants become so politically passive after independence? Equally contradictory - how did an institution so sharply expressing class differences persist in a period when the Tanzanian state was proclaiming "socialism" and the end of class exploitations? This book explores the institution of domestic service, disclosing processes of postcolonial class formation both as exploitation and cultural elaboration. It also uncovers gender struggles amongst workers and those who employ them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748614844
ISBN-10: 0748614842
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Janet M. Bujra

Janet Bujra teaches in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.