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Work, culture, and identity : migrant laborers in Mozambique and South Africa, c.1860-1910

Author: Patrick Harries
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, 1994.
Series: Social history of Africa.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the half-century spanning 1860-1910, Mozambican workers tramped to the sugar plantations, diamond fields, and gold mines of South Africa. They arrived with the values, signs, and rituals of authority they had learnt at home, and it was through their encounter with other blacks, as well as Europeans and colonists, that a new and dynamic culture emerged. This book is a history of the making of that culture."--BOOK  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harries, Patrick.
Work, culture, and identity.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, 1994
(OCoLC)654696922
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Harries
ISBN: 043508092X 9780435080921 0435080946 9780435080945 0852556632 9780852556634 0852556136 9780852556139 1868142531 9781868142538
OCLC Number: 28421725
Description: xxiii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Environment, culture and migration: the Delagoa Bay area --
2. The politics of sugar and labour --
3. Kimberley: the cradle ofa new working class --
4. A certain prosperity: migrant labour and commodity production --
5. The early Witwatersrand --
6. Discretionary migrant labour and standards of living --
7. Colonialism and migrant labour --
8. Mine culture.
Series Title: Social history of Africa.
Responsibility: Patrick Harries.

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"Work, Culture, and Identity" offers a compelling narrative of the day-to-day life of migrant laborers in Mozambique and South Africa.  Read more...

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"A wonderfully interesting book that announces clearly that there is a major new voice to be heard in Southern African studies."-Leroy Vail, Harvard University ?A wonderfully interesting book that Read more...

 
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