African Workers and Imperial Designs

Frederick Cooper

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    This chapter shows that the story of Africans and labour in the British empire, throughout the entire period from the 1830s to the 1950s, is one that connects to, but diverges from, the story of labour in the British Isles, for the particularity of the African labourer in British discourse stood alongside the general concern with the significance of wage labour. And the history unfolds in space as much as in time: the question of physical displacement of workers in regional and imperial terms remained central to British thinking about African labour.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationBlack Experience and the Empire
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191700569
    ISBN (Print)019926029X, 9780199290673
    StatePublished - Oct 3 2011


    • African labour
    • British empire
    • Colonies
    • Forced labour
    • Labour policy
    • Slavery

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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