Work in times of slavery, colonialism, and civil war: labor relations in Angola from 1800 to 2000

Vos, J. (2014) Work in times of slavery, colonialism, and civil war: labor relations in Angola from 1800 to 2000. History in Africa, 41, pp. 363-385. (doi: 10.1017/hia.2014.8)

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Abstract

In Angola, a trend towards labor commodification, set in motion under the impact of the nineteenth-century produce trade and colonial rule, has been reversed in the decades since independence. Angolans have always worked mainly in the reciprocal sphere, but with the growing commercialization of the economy after the abolition of the slave trade, self-employment has also become a constant in Angolan labor history. By 2000, the rural population was thrown back to subsistence farming, while the larger part of the urban population has tried to survive by self-employment in the informal economy. Wage labor, widespread under colonialism, has become less common.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Vos, Dr Jelmer
Authors: Vos, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:History in Africa
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0361-5413
ISSN (Online):1558-2744
Published Online:28 April 2014

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