Chiefs of the Plantation: Authority and Contestation in South African Agriculture
Friday, April 20, 2:30-4 p.m.
Political Science Speaker Series. Professor Lincoln Addison, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University, will present. How have labour relations changed in South African agriculture since the end of apartheid? Drawing on ethnographic research on a plantation located along the South Africa-Zimbabwe border, I argue that labour control hinges upon a delegation of authority from white land owners to black Zimbabwean managers. These labour relations facilitate intensive fruit production, but also enable lower-ranking migrant workers to access natural resources, steal plantation property and engage in cross border smuggling.
Presented by Department of Political Science