Labor in Colonial Kenya after the Forced Labor Convention, 1930–1963

Authors: Okia, Opolot

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  • Covering the period following the author’s previous volume, Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya: The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912-1930, this study explores the role of forced labor in rural Kenya throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s
  • Shows how coercive labor practices continued in colonial East Africa following the passage of the ILO’s Forced Labor Convention in 1930
  • Explores how communal labor was manipulated by the British administration as a form of punishment for those civilians thought to be supporting the Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s
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This book advances research into the government-forced labor used widely in colonial Kenya from 1930 to 1963 after the passage of the International Labor Organization’s Forced Labour Convention. While the 1930 Convention intended to mark the suppression of forced labor practices, various exemptions meant that many coercive labor practices continued in colonial territories. Focusing on East Africa and the Kenya Colony, this book shows how the colonial administration was able to exploit the exemption clause for communal labor, thus ensuring the mobilization of African labor for infrastructure development. As an exemption, communal labor was not defined as forced labor but instead justified as a continuation of traditional African and community labor practices. Despite this ideological justification, the book shows that communal labor was indeed an intensification of coercive labor practices and one that penalized Africans for non-compliance with fines or imprisonment. The use of forced labor before and after the passage of the Convention is examined, with a focus on its use during World War II as well as in efforts to combat soil erosion in the rural African reserve areas in Kenya. The exploitation of female labor, the Mau Mau war of the 1950s, civilian protests, and the regeneration of communal labor as harambee after independence are also discussed.

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Opolot Okia is Professor of African History at Wright State University, USA. He is the author of Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya: The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912-1930 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and was previously a Fulbright Scholar at Makerere University in Uganda and Moi University in Kenya. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labor in Colonial Kenya after the Forced Labor Convention, 1930–1963
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17608-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17608-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17607-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 265
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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