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Title:Capitalist Development and Women's Work: A Nigerian Case Study
Author:Dennis, Carolyne
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:industrial workers
women's employment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056248308703549
Abstract:In black Africa, women's participation in the industrial labour force is as yet not only relatively small bat also very poorly documented. With regard to industrial women workers the author notes that no one knows how they are distributed between industrial sectors in Nigeria let alone their total numbers. In the factory which the author studied, the employment of women on a 'quota' basis was not the result of any clear policy to recruit women as cheap and docile labour but rather the consequence of a 'welfarist' justification for state support of an otherwise ailing textile plant. Nevertheless, expectations concerning women's performance as wage labourers inform their segregation into one section of the plant, their exclusion from promotion and from the acquisition of skills of use in the non-formal sector. Male workers still regard wage employment as a temporary stage which will provide them with skills and savings to establish themselves as artisans or traders; women cannot and do not. Bibliogr., ill.