Rethinking African labour and working‐class history: The artisan origins of the Sierra Leonean working class

  title={Rethinking African labour and working‐class history: The artisan origins of the Sierra Leonean working class},
  author={Ibrahim Abdullah},
  journal={Social History},
If Edward Thompson's famous book has legitimated scholars studying Africa, where workingclass history is still a relatively new endeavour, the content of Thompson's text still remains largely uninfluential. By invoking Thompson, Africanist historians were concerned with emphasizing a' la Thompson that workers were present at their own creation and that the working class was indeed an active participant in its own making. If this enterprise has allowed Africanists to 'join others in facing… 
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