Werbner, P (2017) Rethinking class and culture in Africa: between E. P. Thompson and Pierre Bourdieu. Review of African Political Economy, 45 (155). 7 - 24. ISSN 0305-6244

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The article considers the historiography of labour and class studies in sub-Saharan Africa in relation to the contemporary ‘cultural turn’ in sociological studies of class. It identifies three phases: from the 1960s, a highly empiricist Marxist approach which drew on Fanon’s notion of an aristocracy of labour; from the 1980s, a shift to a stress on culture, agency and identity, following E. P. Thompson; the final move has focused on the African middle classes, drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of consumption. Research on a public sector manual workers’ union in Botswana exemplifies, the author argues, the Thompsonian approach.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article with all relevant information can be found at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03056244.2017.1367655
Uncontrolled Keywords: African class, Botswana, trade unions, African labour, culture, identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 13:36
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2020 14:05
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8521

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