The Ghanaian Factory Worker: Industrial Man in Africa by Margaret Peil

By Margaret Peil

A pioneering research of the social facets of industrialisation in a constructing kingdom in tropical Africa. even though business employees shape a comparatively small percentage of the Ghanaian inhabitants, they signify the 'modern' quarter of the economic system and commercial jobs are a lot wanted through tuition leavers. The occupational and migration histories, the paintings and residential lives of those women and men are tested within the framework of present theories of modernity to illustrate the consequences of industrialisation in these international locations the place the method has now not but long past very some distance. This booklet surveys the sphere of industrialisation in Ghana and its results via such different elements as migration. It offers a precious comparability either with industrialisation in other places and with different features of African social lifestyles.

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However, I have long suspected that workers in rural factories are not local inhabitants but migrants, so that work provided in rural areas allows people to live in a rural environment but not in their hometowns. It was decided to test this hypothesis and obtain some comparative data by interviewing at two rural factories. ) and to return in the evening. This limited us to a 70-mile radius of Accra. Interviewers working on another project with some of the same questions were given extra training and borrowed for a day in each case.

Firms may also be distinguished as to whether they use 'gang', 'individual', or 'craft' production, involving the predominant use of unskilled, semiskilled, or skilled workers respectively. Since these workers have differing background characteristics, level of turnover and job satisfaction, studying firms of various types provides information on varying constellations of worker behaviour and attitudes. There is a concentration of clerical workers in state enterprises, indicating a higher level of bureaucracy in these firms than in privately owned factories.

A systematic sample from a random start was used to provide exactly seventyfive interviewees in each firm. Randomly selected substitutes were provided. Occupational prestige rating was omitted and five questions were added to cover gaps in the data: on attitudes toward overcrowded housing and returning home on retirement, bribes for jobs (which yielded no results), home town and gifts to visiting relatives. Language was less of a problem than in Accra, since almost everyone in these towns speaks some dialect of Akan (either Ahanta, Asante, Fanti or Nzima).

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