Introduction: Histories of Mobility, Histories of Labor, Histories of Africa

@article{Guthrie2016IntroductionHO,
  title={Introduction: Histories of Mobility, Histories of Labor, Histories of Africa},
  author={Zachary Kagan Guthrie},
  journal={African Economic History},
  year={2016},
  volume={44},
  pages={1 - 17}
}
Migrant labor is one of the most extensively studied subjects of Africa's colonial history, helping to inaugurate the professional study of Africa in multiple academic disciplines. Anthropologists in the 1940s, working to outline the impact of colonial rule, used migrant labor to demonstrate the changes occurring within African societies previously considered immunized by "tradition" against major social change. Economists in the 1950s and 1960s, seeking to gauge the prospects of economic… Expand
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