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Class, Power and Ideology in Ghana
The Railwaymen of Sekondi

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100168

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  • Although there is a growing body of literature on the process and potential political consequences of class-formation in Africa, there are virtually no detailed studies of the political attitudes and behaviour of African industrial workers. First published in 1978, this study analyses the political history and sociology of one particular group - the railway workers of Ghana's third city, Sekondi-Takoradi, who are renowned for their leading role in the Ghanaian nationalist movement and for their sustained opposition to the elitism and authoritarianism of post-Independence governments. In seeking to explain the ideological consistency which has informed the political activities of the railway workers, Richard Jeffries shows how, within a close-knit and relatively stable community, a keen sense of their own history has provided the basis for a shared political culture.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100168
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A political history of Ghanaian railway unionism:
    1. The railway and harbour workers of Sekondi-Takoradi: a sociological profile
    2. The origins and dynamics of Railway Union development
    3. The railway workers in the nationalist movement – the meaning of political commitment
    4. The politics of TUC reorganisation under the CPP regime
    5. The railway workers' response to CPP socialism: the strike of 1961
    6. The development of an independent and democratic trade union movement
    7. The railway workers divided: the sources and structure of political conflict in the Railway Union
    Part II. Class, power and ideology:
    8. Class formation in Ghana
    9. Power and organisation
    10. The political culture of the railway workers
    Conclusion.

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    Richard Jeffries

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