Agro-industrial Labour in Kenya

Cut Flower Farms and Migrant Workers’ Settlements

Authors: Kuiper, Gerda

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  • Provides one of the first detailed studies of a labor-intensive agricultural farm on the African continent
  • Connects agro-industrial labor questions to conversations in gender studies, social networks, and translocality
  • Contributes to an on-going public debate on labor conditions on Naivasha flower farms, which together employ tens of thousands of workers
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This ethnography analyses labour relations within the export-oriented cut flower industry at Lake Naivasha in Kenya. Though this agro-industry has attracted critical attention from journalists and non-governmental organizations, this book is the first comprehensive, social scientific analysis of the industry’s labour arrangements and production processes. Gerda Kuiper here interprets the work on the farms as ‘agro-industrial labour’: a labour system characterized by high levels of discipline and a strict rhythm of work, due to the demands posed by a highly perishable agricultural product. This framework enables the author to draw on insights from a wide range of anthropological and sociological studies on (agro-)industrial wage labour around the globe. This mixed-methods approach, deployed alongside rich ethnographic detail, allows the author to center the flower farm workers in her analysis.

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Gerda Kuiper, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist with a regional focus on Eastern Africa, a thematic focus on economic anthropology and globalization, and a strong interdisciplinary commitment.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Agro-industrial Labour in Kenya
Book Subtitle
Cut Flower Farms and Migrant Workers’ Settlements
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
978-3-030-18046-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18046-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18045-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 284
Number of Illustrations
18 illustrations in colour
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