African Railwaymen: Solidarity and Opposition in an East by R. D. Grillo

By R. D. Grillo

This was once the 1st anthropological monograph to have dealt at size with the labour strength of a huge East African undefined. it's a learn of the African staff of the East African Railways and Harbours stationed at Kampala, Uganda, and dwelling at the Railway-owned Nsambya housing property. Set within the years 1964-5, presently after Uganda's and Kenya's Independence, the booklet explores the various results for African migrant employees of the alterations affecting their society. Dr Grillo describes how falling costs for basic agricultural items, academic enlargement and emerging wages have created a excessive call for for employment. these lucky sufficient to discover paintings take pleasure in a comparatively excessive lifestyle. partially as a result, the Railway labour strength has develop into stabilised with a low turnover of staff, nearly all of whom carry better halves and kids to stay on the town. they're, despite the fact that, nonetheless migrants who hold social and financial ties with their components of starting place. via pleasant widely used and private tasks, contributors keep a place inside an 'ethnic' process which gives one framework for relationships of unity and competition. The itself with its work-units, occupational teams and grading approach presents one other.

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7 a Based on Mulago and Kibuli data only. , figures derived from ' Kampala Survey 1965'. Kibuli, Kiswa and Nsambya (see Appendix I). Data from the two surveys are presented in Table 7. Since they covered different suburbs of the city the comparison has to be undertaken with caution; nonetheless each may be taken as representing ' typical' areas of the city at different points in time. The findings are consistent with those of the censuses. e. there are a greater number of dependants per worker.

Children Female No. '000 % No. 4 Male No. 6 : Uganda Census 1948: 5-6, Uganda Census 1959b: 35-7. 8 Female No. '000 % Male Female Female No. '000 % No. '000 % No. '000 % No. 2 15-3 SOURCES : Kenya Census 1948: 6-7, Kenya Census 1962: 36. 10 Besides the growth in numbers the principal feature of the changing structure in both cases is the increase in the numbers of women and children compared with adult males, and the declining preponderance of the latter. This trend has continued, as far as can be seen from the figures so far published, into the late sixties.

The demographic structure of the estate population In the Nsambya survey a considerable amount of information was collected on the size and composition of railwaymen's households. The ' household' was simply defined as all those sleeping in the house unit assigned to a particular worker, and each was asked to list all those who stayed under his roof on the night preceding the survey. The results, by class of house, are tabulated in Table 21. 44. Over 20% of the households contained more than seven persons.

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