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Title:Work alienation and adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa: some evidence from Kenya.
Author:Blunt, P.
Year:1982
Periodical:Civilisations
Volume:32
Issue:1
Pages:1-29
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Kenya
Subjects:industrial workers
work attitudes
business organization
Abstract:Radical critics of industrial society in the Western world have concentrated attention on alienation at work. Alienated labour has been a theme in the literature for many years, in the context of the industrialised nations of the West. Work alienation in developing countries e.g. of sub-Saharan Africa has been frequently ignored as a subject of study. This article's aim is to explore individual experiences of alienation within the sub-Saharan Africa context, and to consider a possible micro-level means of adaptation. Implications for organizational design in sub-Saharan Africa are also briefly considered. The present analysis is conducted within what Barrell and Morgan (1979) have referred to as the functionalist paradigm of organizational theory, from a social action theory point of view (Silverman 1970). Ref., sum. in French, tab.
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