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By R. D. Grillo

This was once the 1st anthropological monograph to have dealt at size with the labour strength of a tremendous East African undefined. it's a learn of the African staff of the East African Railways and Harbours stationed at Kampala, Uganda, and residing at the Railway-owned Nsambya housing property. Set within the years 1964-5, almost immediately after Uganda's and Kenya's Independence, the booklet explores a number of the effects for African migrant employees of the adjustments affecting their society. Dr Grillo describes how falling costs for fundamental agricultural items, academic growth and emerging wages have created a excessive call for for employment. these lucky adequate to discover paintings take pleasure in a comparatively excessive way of life. in part as a result, the Railway labour strength has turn into stabilised with a low turnover of staff, the vast majority of whom carry better halves and kids to reside on the town. they're, notwithstanding, nonetheless migrants who continue social and monetary ties with their components of foundation. by way of pleasurable accepted and private responsibilities, participants maintain a place inside of an 'ethnic' method which supplies one framework for relationships of harmony and competition. The itself with its work-units, occupational teams and grading procedure offers one other.

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Most of the Landies were built when the estate was first established in the thirties and were originally intended as bachelor quarters though many now house whole families. Usually the single room is divided by a curtain thus providing a ' bedroom \ Class 7 (ii) quarters are more spacious-the kitchen serves virtually as a second room-and are arranged in blocks of four. In the higher class quarters both the kitchen and the storeroom often serve as extra bedrooms. 6 Note that all Asian employees are housed in class 5- (ii) or above.

The calculation of the average age and an assessment of its reliability raises a methodological problem. TABLE 20. 1 African railwaymen Respondents were asked to state their age and, when known, their year of birth. The stated age was checked against the internal evidence from other answers in the survey and found to be highly reliable, at least for those under 35. Older people tended to underestimate their real age, many declaring themselves to be ' forty' when other evidence showed this to be impossible.

Given that this could generally be guaranteed only in a job rather than in trade or agriculture it seems inevitable that employment should stabilise. To this, perhaps because of this, should be added the fact that for many people a job itself seemed desirable for the prestige attaching to possession of employment. Many of the points raised here will be documented in Chapter 3, for railwaymen are, as I said, very much the products of these trends. A problem which will concern us then is that of relationship to the land.

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