Politics and the Lack of Labor Militancy in Kenya: Trade Unionism after Independence

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Trade unionism in Kenya had a shared history with its European colonial antecedents. Its national origins were rooted in colonial capitalism, which had been characterized by the use of cheap or forced African labor. The colonial government established administrative systems that ensured control of labor resources. Then, in the pre-independence era, an African working class and migrant labor with deep ties to the rural enclaves assumed a militant posture, in part because of being disposed of land. Militancy was also a reaction to repressive practices by European settlers who strongly opposed trade union formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAfrican Histories and Modernities
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAfrican Histories and Modernities
ISSN (Print)2634-5773
ISSN (Electronic)2634-5781


  • Colonial Government
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Labor Movement
  • Labor Union
  • Trade Union

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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